Maryland Children's Health Program

Howard County Health Department determines eligibility for MCHP.  The MCHP 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. 

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Maryland Children's Health Program
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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:  [email protected]

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Maryland Health Care Connection - Heath Care Coverage
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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)
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Maryland Children Health Program Premium (MCHP Premium)
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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. 
  • 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 4:30 p.m.

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)
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Medical Assistance for Families (MA for Families)
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Medical Assistance for Families provides free and full health care coverage to low-income families with dependent children. This program began in July of 2008 and expands Medicaid eligibility to thousands more Maryland families. Covered services include in-patient hospital care, medical doctor visits, lab tests, low cost or free medicines and immunizations.

 Am I eligible?  

To qualify for MA for Families, you must meet all of these requirements:

  • Families whose annual household income is not more than 116% of the federal poverty level or FPL (see Income Chart)
  • U.S. citizen, legal permanent resident or qualified alien (including Refugees and Asylees)

How do I apply?  

To apply, ask questions or get further information, contact our MCHP offices at 410-988-3737 ext. 10 or come into our Door to HealthCare located at 8930 Stanford Blvd., Columbia, MD 21045. 
 
Office Hours are: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OR

  • Call 1-800-456-8900 and ask to have an application mailed to you.
  • Click here to download an application. EnglishEspanol
  • Mail your completed application and the required documents to:  OR
  • Fax completed applications and required documents to 410-313-5838
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Income Requirements for Health Care Programs
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The health care programs listed above have different income requirements. See what your household income is according to the Federal Poverty Level or FPL. 

The FPL table shows the maximum yearly income according to the federal poverty level. Even if your income is higher than the amount shown for your family size, you may still qualify for one of the health care programs and should complete an application. For example, if you are self-employed, many programs count only half of your gross income.

For questions or more information contact our MCHP office at 410-313-5845.

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