ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland officials are reopening a coronavirus special enrollment period for people to enlist in the state’s health insurance exchange.

Officials said Friday that the special enrollment period will run through Dec. 15.

More than 54,000 Maryland residents enrolled for health coverage during an initial special enrollment period that began March 16 and concluded on July 15.

Officials said that in allowing enrollment on the exchange through December, Maryland will offer the longest special enrollment period in the nation related to the coronavirus emergency.

“The people of our great state have endured so many personal, medical, and economic challenges, and this crisis is not yet behind us,” said Gov. Larry Hogan. “Reopening the special enrollment period is another way we are helping Marylanders weather this storm, get back on their feet, and recover.”

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