Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP)

Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP)

This program provides full health care coverage to pregnant women and children up to 19 years of age. Covered services include in-patient hospital care, doctor visits, lab tests, dental care, eye care, medicines and immunizations. Applicants may not have dropped health insurance coverage within 6 months before the date of their application.

To qualify, you must meet these requirements:

  • Children under age 19, who are not eligible for Medicaid, and whose annual household income meets the federal poverty level (FPL) guidelines. 
  • U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or qualified alien (including Refugees and Asylees)

To get further information, contact our MCHP offices at 410-313-5845 or come to the Health Department located at: 
8930 Stanford Blvd
Columbia, MD 21045
Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Or you can write us at:  medicaid@howardcountymd.gov


Maryland Health Care Connection - Heath Care Coverage

To file a Maryland Health Connection Application for health care coverage, you can do so in one of the following ways:

  • Online at www.marylandhealthconnection.gov
    • You will need to create a user account, then go to "Start New Application" from "Quick Links" on the Account Home Page
  • By calling the Maryland Health Connection Call Center at 1-855-642-8572 (1-855-642-8573 voice/relay)
  • In person at the Health Department, Social Security office or regional Connector Entity
  • By mailing a paper application. You can request a paper application by contacting the Call Center (numbers above)

Maryland Children Health Program Premium (MCHP Premium)

If children are not eligible for free health care services through MCHP, there is MCHP Premium. This program provides full health care coverage for a small monthly fee to children under 19 years of age, whose family income exceeds the income limit for MCHP.

To qualify, you must meet these requirements:

  • Children under age 19, who are not eligible for Medicaid, and whose annual household income meets the federal poverty level (FPL) guidelines.