The Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19. MCHP enrollees obtain care from a variety of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through the Maryland HealthChoice Program. The Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) began in July 1998. MCHP uses federal and state funds to provide health care coverage to low-income children.
Those eligible for MCHP are children under age 19, who are not eligible for Medicaid, whose modified adjust gross income is at or below 300% of the federal poverty level (FPL); and who are uninsured.
Starting October 1, 2013, you can apply for MCHP through Maryland Health Connection. If you or your child is found eligible for MCHP, you can select an MCO right away.
You can also call 1-855-MHC-8572 (1-855-642-8572) to apply over the phone. You can also visit your Local Health Department, Local Department of Social Services, or Connector Entity to get help with applying for coverage.
Those found eligible for MCHP will receive an enrollment packet in the mail to select a MCO for health care.
Yes, if neither of the applicant’s parents live with the child. Your income would not be counted toward determining the applicant’s eligibility unless you have adopted the child.
If you are eligible for MCHP:
When you receive your enrollment packet in the mail, you will:
You can get more information at your Local Health Department. You can also call the DHMH MCHP Hotline at (800) 456-8900 or TDD for the Disabled (800) 735-2258.
201 W. Preston Street, Baltimore, MD 21201-2399
(410) 767-6500 or 1-877-463-3464