MEDICAID (Medical Assistance)
Medicaid (also called Medical Assistance) is a program that pays the medical bills of people who have low income and cannot afford medical care run by the Department of Mental Health and Hygiene (DHMH) covers persons who fall into certain "categories" such as low-income families, children, pregnant women, women with breast or cervical cancer, the elderly, and persons with disabilities.
Medicaid provides three types of critical health protection:
Health insurance for low-income families, children, the elderly, and people with disabilities;
Long-term care for older Americans and individuals with disabilities; and
Supplemental coverage for low-income Medicare beneficiaries (e.g., payment of Medicare premiums, deductibles, and cost sharing).
For more information about Medicaid and other Medical Care Programs contact Recipient Relations at (410) 767-5800, 1(800)492-5231 or click here for more information on Medicaid and Medical Assistance.
Medicare is a health insurance program for:
people age 65 or older,
people under age 65 with certain disabilities, and
people of all ages with End-Stage Renal Disease (permanent kidney failure requiring dialysis or a kidney transplant)
For more information about Medicare please visit the Medicare website.
MARYLAND CHILDREN'S HEALTH PROGRAM (MCHP)
Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP): gives full health benefits for children up to age 19 who meet income guidelines gives full health benefits to pregnant women of any age who meet the income guideline.
For more information contact the MCHO Hotline at 1-800-456-8900 or click here for more information about Maryland Children's Health Program.
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OTHER HEALTH CARE OPTIONS (if you do not qualify for Medicare)
The Maryland Primary Adult Care program offers health services to people 19 and over, who are not eligible for Medicare. They must have incomes (such as earnings and social security), at or below $948 monthly for one person ($1,100 monthly for a couple). Their assets (such as bank accounts, etc.) must be below $4,000 for one person ($6,000 for a couple). Click here for more information on the Maryland Primary Adult Care program.
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