The Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) gives full health insurance benefits for children up to age 19. There is information and assistance with applying for health insurance on the Maryland Health connection website for those individuals seeking health insurance and are not Medicare recipients. Computers available to the public for those needing access to the web-based enrollment system. MCHP enrollees obtain care from a variety of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through the Maryland HealthChoice Program.
Those eligible for MCHP are uninsured children under age 19, whose household modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is at or below 211% of the federal poverty level (FPL) for their family size. In 2020, this was about $4,608/month for a family of four).
Uninsured children under age 19 may qualify for MCHP Premium if their household income is above the MCHP income guidelines but is at or below 322% of the federal poverty level for their family size. In 2020, this was about $7,032 for a family of four. MCHP Premium requires a small monthly premium per family. Effective 2020, the premium is either $57 or $71, depending on your household income.
Benefits for children include:
- Doctor Visits (well and sick care)
- Hospital Care
- Lab Work and Tests
- Dental Care
- Vision Care
- Immunizations (shots)
- Transportation to Medical Appointments
- Mental Health Services
- Substance Abuse Treatment
You can apply for MCHP in the following ways:
- Online at MarylandHealthConnection.gov.
- Visit a local connector entity, health department or department of social services.
- Download the free mobile app, Enroll MHC.
- Call Maryland Health Connection at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573).
Those found eligible for MCHP will receive an enrollment packet in the mail to select an MCO for health care.
Maryland Health Connection is the state's official health insurance marketplace where you can compare and enroll in health insurance, and access financial help to make coverage more affordable. Maryland Health Connection offers private plans called qualified health plans from insurance companies you recognize. All plans are certified to meet certain standards and offer core health benefits. Browse plans and compare coverage and costs here before you enroll, or download our free mobile app.
Programs and Services include:
- Adoption Services
- Adult Protective Services (APS)
- Child Care Program, Purchase of Care (POC)
- Child Support Enforcement
- Energy Assistance
- Family Support Services
- Food Stamps (FS)
- Foster Care Services (FCS)
- Homelessness Prevention Program
- In-Home Aide Services (IHAS)
- Location & Contact Information
- Medical Assistance (MA)
- Project HOME
- Social Services to Adults (SSTA)
- Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
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Programs and Services include:
- Administrative Care Coordination
- Birth and Death Certificate
- Breast and Cervical Cancer (BCCP)
- Cancer Prevention
- Children With Special Needs (CYSHCN)
- Developmental Disabilities (DDA)
- Disease Surveillance
- Early Head Start
- Emergency Preparedness
- Environmental Health
- Excess Equipment
- Family Planning
- Healthy Families
- Home Based Services
- MA Transportation
- Maryland Health Insurance (MCHP)
- Maternal Child Health (MCH)
- School Health
- Smoking Cessation
- Substance Abuse Prevention
- WIC Midshore
- Zika Links and Information