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Applying for County Health Programs

How to Apply

Residents may visit the nearest Office of Eligibility & Support Services to apply for county health programs such as Care for Kids, Maternity Partnership and Adult/Senior Dental.  Each program may have specific financial and non-financial eligibility requirements.  In general, uninsured county residents who are not eligible for Medical Assistance (also known as Medicaid or MA) may qualify for county health programs.

Documents To Bring

  • Proof of income such as pay stubs, income tax papers etc.
  • Proof of identity such as a driver’s license, employment identification
  • Proof of citizenship or legal immigrant status 
  • Proof of Montgomery County residence 

Eligibility Requirements

The Office of Eligibility & Support Services confirms eligibility for Care for Kids, Maternity Partnership and Adult/Senior Dental.  Each program has specific financial and non-financial eligibility requirements.  In general, uninsured county residents who are not eligible for Medical Assistance (also known as Medicaid or MA) may qualify for county health programs.

Fees and Payments

There are no fees or costs associated with most of the county health programs with the exception of the Maternity Partnership.  Uninsured pregnant women receiving prenatal care through the Maternity Partnership pay the hospital a $450 co-pay for prenatal visits and services.

FAQ's

1.  What health services are available?

The Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19 and pregnant women.  Those eligible for MCHP are uninsured children up to age 19 and pregnant women and Medicaid for Families (MA4 Families)  Free or low-cost insurance coverage for children from birth to age 19 and for pregnant women whose modified adjusted gross household income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL).
As of January 1, 2014, Medical Assistance (also known as Medicaid or MA) covers more adults ages 19 to 64, whether they have children or not.  To qualify for coverage, you must be under age 65, a U.S.. citizen or qualified immigrant, and be a resident of Maryland.  To find out more, go to  www.marylandhealthconnection.gov.  Medicaid also covers former foster children under age 26 who left the foster care system on their 18th birthday.  Former foster children do not have to meet income limits--they qualify because of their status as former foster children.
Care for Kids is administered for Montgomery County by the Primary Care Coalition.  The program provides a “medical home” for children who are uninsured and not eligible for Medicaid.  Children can receive well and sick care, prescriptions and limited specialty care.  Care is provided through partnerships and subcontracts with Kaiser Permanente; Community Clinic Inc;, Spanish Catholic Center; school-based health centers; private doctors; hospitals; and other health care providers and organizations.
Prenatal services are available through Holy Cross, Holy Cross Germantown Hospital, Washington Adventist and Shady Grove Adventist hospitals. This program provides prenatal care, including routine laboratory tests, prenatal classes and referral to County dental services.

2. What should I do when my address, family size, or income changes?

Please report any address or income changes within 10 days, as required, by contacting your caseworker, or by visiting  www.marylandhealthconnection.gov to renew MCHP or MAGI Medicaid coverage.

3. What should I do if I am unable to contact my caseworker?

Please contact MC311 (dial 3-1-1) for assistance.

4. What low-cost health insurance programs are available to adults who do not have minor dependent children?

As of January 1, 2014, Medical Assistance (also known as Medicaid or MA) covers more adults ages 19 to 64, whether they have children or not.  To qualify for coverage, you must be under age 65, a U.S.. citizen or qualified immigrant, and be a resident of Maryland.  To find out more, go to  www.marylandhealthconnection.gov.  Medicaid also covers former foster children under age 26 who left the foster care system on their 18th birthday.  Former foster children do not have to meet income limits--they qualify because of their status as former foster children.
The Montgomery Cares safety-net clinic program also provides primary health care services for low-income, uninsured adults who, because of immigration status, may not qualify for Medicaid.  Please click  here  for more information or call 3-1-1.

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