Prior to 2006, low-income adults who didn’t have children were unable to receive any benefits under Medicaid in Maryland. Recognizing that limited coverage of basic services could go a long way to helping these adults stay healthy and avoid major health problems, Maryland Medicaid in July 2006, launched a program to provide coverage for basic health services for lower-income adults who didn’t have children.
Today, nearly 81,000 Marylanders are enrolled in the Primary Adult Care program, which covers primary care doctor visits, bills for emergency room visits, mental health services and substance abuse treatment – all services that can help adults address small health issues before they become big problems. PAC also covers prescription drugs with a small co-pay.
Beginning in 2014, those adults currently only eligible for PAC will be able to receive full Medicaid benefits. This change, part of Maryland’s efforts to implement the federal Affordable Care Act, means more people will be able to receive more health services without having to worry about the cost.
Even better, those adults who are already enrolled in PAC on January 1, 2014, will be automatically enrolled in full Medicaid benefits.
In the meantime, Maryland’s Medicaid program is encouraging those people currently eligible for PAC to apply so they can automatically receive full Medicaid benefits on January 1. You may be eligible for PAC if you:
• Are 19 or older,
• Have a limited income (up to $1,200/month), and
• Are not enrolled in Medicare
If you or someone you know wants to apply for PAC, call 1-800-226-2142, or visit https://mmcp.dhmh.maryland.gov/mpac/SitePages/Home.aspx.