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.
Those eligible for MCHP are uninsured children under age 19, whose household modified adjusted gross income (MAGI) is at or below 211% of the federal poverty level (FPL) for their family size. In 2019, this was about $4,527/month for a family of four).
Uninsured children under age 19 may qualify for MCHP Premium if their household income is above the MCHP guidelines but is at or below 322% of the federal poverty level for their family size. In 2019, this was about $6,909 for a family of four. MCHP Premium requires a small monthly premium per family. Effective April 1, 2019, the premium is either $56 or $70, depending on your household income.
To find the income level for your family size, see the MCHP income guidelines.
For a full listing of benefits, see the HealthChoice MCO comparison chart.
You can apply for MCHP in the following ways:
Those found eligible for MCHP will receive an enrollment packet in the mail to select an 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:
For more information, call Maryland Health Connection at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573).
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