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 children under age 19; 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.

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Renewal of Medical Assistance

Did you know that May 31, 2022 will be the last date folks on Medicaid will be able to get a renewal of benefits over the phone.  After this date, recipients will have to come in to our offices to determine if they qualify.  Call us today at 410-313-5845 to learn more! 

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Renew your medical assistance. Don't wait. Contact the Howard County Health Department 410-313-5845

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.

Health Insurance Open Enrollment (2022) Has Been Extended

Health Insurance open enrollment for 2022 coverage has been extended until May 31, 2022. Registration is available daily through Maryland Health Connection. You can also contact Health Care Access Maryland (HCAM) at 410-500-4710 to complete an application over the phone or schedule an in-person appointment. You may be eligible for free or low cost coverage.

Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855-642-8572 weekdays from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Deaf and hard of hearing use Relay. Help is available in more than 200 languages. 

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Administrative Care Coordination Unit (ACCU)/Ombudsman Program
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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].

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

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Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP)
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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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Free Smartphone Program
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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 410-313-7504 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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