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Health Insurance Programs 

Serving Children, Pregnant Women, Families, and Caretaker Relatives

State Health Insurance Programs

  • Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) provides free health care to eligible pregnant women and children with low to average incomes. 

  • Maryland Children's Health Premium Program provides health care to middle-income families with no health insurance, with a low monthly premium to cover all eligible children.

  •  Medicaid will provide comprehensive health care to parents, caretakers and non-disabled single adults. Eligibility depends on family size and income.

  • Qualified Health Plans provide essential health benefits. Local health department MCHP offices can assist with eligibility determination for qualified health plans and referrals for enrollment assistance.  

All four programs cover in-patient hospital care, medical doctor visits, mental health services, lab tests, dental and vision care (for children and pregnant woman), medications and immunizations. 

Applicants may apply online or in person, mail an application or call 1-855-642-8572.

How to Apply

Walk-in Service:
Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Phone: 410-887-2957
Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Return paper applications and required verifications by mail, fax or hand-deliver to:
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212
Fax: 410-372-0218

Administrative Care Coordination Unit

Drumcastle Government Center
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212

Phone: 410-887-8741
TTY users call via Maryland Relay

  • A primary goal of the Administrative Care Coordination Unit (ACCU) is to improve birth outcomes for Medicaid eligible women and reduce infant mortality.

  • The ACCU program helps Medical Assistance members access necessary and appropriate medical care, navigate the HealthChoice system, and links recipients to other services, including specialty care. ACCU staff members can also assist Medical Assistance members who have unresolved billing issues.

  • Medical Assistance members seeking any of these services can call the Complaint Resolution Unit at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene at 1-800-284-4510 to make a referral to their local Administrative Care Coordination Unit.

  • The ACCU program also conducts outreach in the community setting to provide information on Medical Assistance eligibility and program services, including back-to-school events and health fairs. Request ACCU to attend your outreach event and select Medical Assistance Programs.

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Partners for Health Improvement Program (PARTNERSH.I.P.)

Baltimore County Department of Health
6401 York Road, Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212-2130

Phone: 410-887-8629
Fax: 410-887-4820
TTY users call via Maryland Relay

Partners for Health Improvement Program (PARTNERSH.I.P.) provides linkage to affordable health care coverage or entitlement programs. Eligibility requirements to apply for this program include:

  • You must be a resident of Baltimore County
  • Be between the ages of 19 to 64 
  • Income must be below 300 percent federal poverty level

Call 410-887-8629 to learn about available resources for the uninsured in Baltimore County. There is no cost for enrollment, case management or coordination.

Insurance Application and Process Information

Application Process Time

Once a new application is received at the MCHP offices, it takes 10 business days to process eligibility. However, if additional information is needed, more time may be required.

Receiving Your Medical Assistance Card

You should receive your red-white card about seven to 10 business days after you receive your approval letter. Contact your case manager if you do not.

Documentation Needed with Application

  • Federal law requires that all United States citizens applying for federal benefits verify their citizenship and identity. If you were born in the United States, we may be able to verify your citizenship and identity through available data systems. If you are a naturalized citizen, provide a copy of your Certificate of Naturalization. Lawful permanent residents who are applying should provide a copy of their alien registration card.

  • Self-employed persons must provide a complete copy of their most recently filed federal income tax returns to verify income.

  • Additional information will be requested if needed. Provide accurate contact information so that we can reach you.

Enrolling in a Managed Care Organization (MCO)

To enroll in a MCO, call 1-800-977-7388. You must be listed as the head-of-household on the case to select an MCO for yourself or your children.

Reapplying for Coverage

You will need to reapply for health coverage. If you had coverage because you were pregnant, coverage will end two months after the baby is born. All others must complete a redetermination annually. If you need to reapply, you will be notified by mail, text or email. It is important that your address and phone number be kept up-to-date for this reason.

Who to Contact for More Information

Maryland Children's Health Program          
6401 York Road - Third Floor
Baltimore, Maryland 21212 
Phone: 410-887-2957
Fax: 410-372-0218
TTY users call via Maryland Relay

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Revised November 3, 2015

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