Access to Health Care Services

The Bureau of Access to Health Care Services facilitates enrollment into quality healthcare by: processing insurance applications for low income families; assisting clients with applying for health insurance and providing services to help clients navigate the Medicaid system; and scheduling transportation for Medicaid recipients to receive necessary medical treatment.

Hours are 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For additional information call 410-313-5845.


Renewal of Medical Assistance

Changes are coming to Maryland Medicaid - this year, renewals won't be automatic. Individuals on Medicaid may no longer be able to continue receiving benefits if they have not completed their renewal. Here's what you can do now to prepare:

  1. Update your contact information to make sure your current address, phone number, and email are on file so you'll get notices about changes to your coverage. 
  2. Open your mail and read any letters you get from the Howard County Health Department or Maryland Health Connection to find out how changes will affect you.
  3. Take action to ensure you don't miss key deadlines. The letters will tell you what you need to do to get continued benefits.

Call us today at 410-313-5845 or email [email protected] to learn more! 

State Resources

What Is Medicaid?

Medicaid provides health coverage to millions of people, including eligible low-income adults, children, pregnant women. Medicaid is administered by states, according to federal requirements. 

The Health Department can help if you have questions, need information or want to apply. Contact us at 410-313-5845 or come into our offices at 8930 Stanford Blvd, Columbia, MD 21045. Office hours are Monday through Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm.

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Administrative Care Coordination Unit (ACCU)/Ombudsman Program

ACCU's mission is to assist all Medicaid/HealthChoice or Medicaid/HealthChoice eligible individuals to remain in care and have access to needed health care services, local resources and programs

For more information call 410-313-7323 or email [email protected].

Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP)

The Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) provides transportation services for clients who need medical care and have no transportation.

Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP)

Howard County Health Department determines eligibility for MCHP.  The MCHP program provides full health care coverage to pregnant women and families. Covered services include in-patient hospital care, doctor visits, lab tests, dental care, eye care, medicines and immunizations.  

Free Smartphone Program

FREE Smartphones

  • 1000 Minutes
  • Unlimited Texts
  • 1 Gig of Data

Every Month at NO Cost

To qualify you must have:

  • Proof of MD residence (photo ID with name and address)

and ONE of the following:

  • Medicaid insurance card
  • EBT card
  • Award letter for: SSI, VA, or Housing Choice Voucher Program

To apply, go to our Free Smartphone Application  or call us at 410-313-0618 or 410-313-5845.

Para aplicar por su teléfono inteligent gratis, visite Programa Gratuito de Teléfonos Inteligentes o contactenos al 410-313-0618 o al 410-313-5845.

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