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Applying for County Health Programs


How to Apply

Residents may complete and mail an application or visit the nearest Service Eligibility Unit office to apply for services. You can request an application for Medicaid for Families/ Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) by calling the Medical Assistance Hotline: 1-800-456-8900 or you can download an application from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at DHMH Application You may use the Medicaid for Families/MCHP application to apply for  Care for Kids, the Maternity Partnership, and Senior Dental services if your write the name of the county program you are applying for on the top of the first page of the MCHP/MA 4 Families 

Documents To Bring

Eligibility Requirements

Medicaid for Families/MCHP is for uninsured, low income pregnant women, children, and families with minor children under the age of 21.   The Service Eligibility Units also confirms applicant eligibility for Care for Kids, Maternity Partnership, and Adult/Senior Dental as per each program’s specific eligibility requirements. For specific information about Medicaid for Families/ MCHP income guidelines please refer to the following link DHMH Income Guidelines or call the Medical Assistance Hotline at 1-800-456-8900

Fees and Payments

Medicaid coverage is available at no cost for eligible households.  Additionally, the MCHP Premium program provides health insurance coverage for a small monthly premium (cost) for children in certain families with slightly higher income. Call the Medicaid Hotline 1-800-456-8900 for more information.


1.  What public health services are available.

Maryland Children’s Health Insurance Program (MCHP) and Medicaid for Families (MA4 Families)  Free or low-cost insurance coverage for children from birth to age 19 and for pregnant women of any age(MCHP) and Medicaid for Families (MA4Families) for minor children under age 21 and their parents or caretaker relatives offered by the State of Maryland. Comprehensive medical, dental, pharmacy, specialist and hospital care covered.
Medical Care for Uninsured Children (Care for Kids)  The Program, administered for Montgomery County by the Primary Care Coalition, provides a “medical home” for uninsured Medicaid ineligible children where they can receive well and sick care, prescription and limited specialty care. 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.
Maternity Partnership Program  Prenatal services are available through Holy Cross, 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.  How long does it take to process my MCHP/Medicaid for Families application?

It takes approximately 10 days.

3. Where can I get assistance with locating a Medicaid provider in Montgomery County?

Contact the County’s Client Services Center for Medicaid/HealthChoice, at 240-777-1635.

4. 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.

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

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

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

The Primary Adult Care (PAC) program provides primary health care coverage to low-income, uninsured adults. For more information, call the Medicaid Hotline 1-800-456-8900.  If you are age 65 or older, or blind, or disabled, Medicaid provides no cost health insurance for low-income adults. The Montgomery Cares Program also provides primary health care for low-income, uninsured adults.  Please call 311 for more information.

 7.  Where can I find information about health insurance changes resulting from Health Care Reform? 

 Visit the following link to the State of Maryland’s website about Health Care Reform.


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