From registering for the early voting set deadlines to Maryland health exchange officials in their fourth term facing new challenges upfront with regards to implementing revamped health insurance schemes, check out this space to know the latest trending stories in Maryland.

1). Marylanders gear up for early voting set starting this week

Marylanders gear up for early voting set starting this week

Marylanders who missed out on the past week’s voter registration deadline need not worry as they still have time to register themselves online.

Check out the space here for information on your preferred county location where you can vote before the election day. If you’re finding it difficult to locate the venue in your county area then just click here.

To cast your ballot, voters can register themselves online by bringing their residency proof such as driving license, the state authorized Identity Card, paycheck or utility bill to sign-up as a registered voter on the site this week.

Owing to the early elections in the Baltimore, there’s a requirement for more election judges in the city to ensure the election process goes on smoothly.

Voters who missed last Tuesday’s deadline can still register for the upcoming elections that start from Thursday this week and closes Nov. 3.

At present, Baltimore city has six early voting sites and the scheduled polling time starts at 8 a.m. in the morning and closes by 8 p.m in the night.

The city’s election board team is currently on a look-out for people who can work in the capacity of an election judge and supervise the election process. The people selected for supervising elections will be paid emolument anywhere in between $165 and $225 for working at a poll venue.

In order to be eligible as an election judge, a person must be at least 17 years old, a registered voter in Maryland who can read, write and speak English fluently.

Check out the eligibility criteria here to become an election judge and information on the early voting venues which is nearby your place of residence.

2). New challenges surface as Maryland health exchange officials commence their fourth term



Thousands of Marylanders enrolling for a good health insurance cover from state health exchange starting next week will have to cough out higher premiums as the people nationwide have turned the Affordable Care Act into more of a national political debate that it already was.

There’s nearly a 20 percent increase in the insurance plans rates purchased through the online marketplace, making it more important than ever before for the state health officials and advocates to reach out to potential buyers and explain the subsidies available to them.

Maryland exchange officials have even got a dedicated website, a new dedicated App for mobile and nationwide assistance to spread awareness amongst the masses about the open enrollment period scheduled from Nov. 1,2016 to Jan. 31,2017 to go more smoothly than ever before.

The rising insurance premium plans designed under the Obamacare law covers people who don’t get insurance through their employer. The soaring premium rates have prompted some insurers to look for other available options than state health exchange, including Unitedhealthgroup in Maryland.

This has sparked off a national political debate of sorts with many republicans arguing to repeal the law including Donald Trump, the party’s presidential candidate leading the campaign from the front. Whereas his rival, Hillary Clinton, the Democratic candidate wants people to explore other available public insurance options and spur more competition at the national level.

This is all we have for the time being from Maryland this week. But don’t forget to check out this space for the latest trending stories doing round in Maryland in weeks to come.