Medical Assistance (Medicaid/MA) Program
You can apply for Medical Assistance (also known as Medicaid and MA) online at www.marylandsail.org, by mail or fax, or you may file in person at a regional office location based on your zip code. Applicants are seen on a walk-in or by appointment basis. If you apply online, please capture and retain the control number provided (a nine digit number starting with the letter "S"), so that your application may be tracked by you until you are contacted by an agency team member to complete the interview and application evaluation process.
Applications may also be obtained and/or dropped off at one of the regaional offices on the previous page or one three County Neighborhood Service Centers listed below. Please see the first question in the FAQ section below for more information about where to apply based on your zip code.
TESSCenter/Mary Center - 8513 Piney Branch Road, Silver Spring, MD 20901
- Gaithersburg – Family Services, Inc, 620 E. Diamond Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD
- Wheaton – Catholic Charities – McCarrick Center, 12247 Georgia Avenue, Wheaton, MD 20902
Individuals who wish to apply but do not speak English or have limited English proficiency will have access to an interpreter. The interpreter may be a local department staff member, an individual designated by the applicant, an individual outside the agency who is proficient in the customer’s language, or the department can use the Language Line. An interpreter cannot be a minor child.
In general, the following documents are needed:
- Proof of identity
- Social Security number (not the Social Security Card)
- Proof of residence
- Proof of income
- Proof of citizenship or immigration status for non-U.S. born applicants
Other information may be required once the interview has been completed
The Medical Assistance (also known as Medicaid or MA) program provides health care benefits to eligible county residents. The coverage groups for Medical Assistance are as follows:
Temporary Cash Assistance (
TCA): Federally matched Medical Assistance is provided to most recipients of TCA. In addition, TCArecipients who lose their eligibility because of increased earnings or employment also receive medical assistance for a period of 12 months after TCAbenefits end. TCArecipients who lose their eligibility because of increased child support collections may receive Medical Assistance for four additional months.
Families and Children: Federally matched Medical Assistance is provided to families and children under age 21 meeting specific income levels. A family’s gross income and assets are considered in determining eligibility.
Pregnant Women: Federally matched Medical Assistance is provided to pregnant women meeting specific income levels. Newborns of mothers with coverage at the time of the birth receive coverage automatically for one year if they reside with the mother. The mother continues to receive coverage for 60 days following the birth of the child.
Maryland Children’s Health Program (
MCHP): Federally matched Medical Assistance is provided for children up to age 19. Income levels allowed depend on the age of the child.
Aged, Blind, Disabled (ABD): Federally matched Medical Assistance is provided to aged (65 years or older), blind or disabled individuals. Income and assets are taken into consideration. Benefits are available to persons younger than 65 if they have a disability, as defined either by a review team or based on the fact that they receive Social Security. Those eligible for Supplemental Security Income (SSI)automatically qualify for Medical Assistance.
Medicare Beneficiary Program: Those eligible for Medicare may receive coverage for payment of premiums if their income is within specific limits through the Special Low Income Medicare Beneficiary Program (SLMB). Coverage may also be provided for Medicare deductibles and co-pays through the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary Program (QMB).
Refugee Medical Assistance: Coverage is provided to refugees who do not qualify for another medical assistance program during their first eight months in the United States. Refugees new to Montgomery County will be served at the Suburban Washington Resettlement Center. Call 301-562-8633 for information.
Medical Assistance for Immigrants: Coverage on an emergency-only basis may be available to undocumented persons (as defined by Federal law) who meet all eligibility requirements except citizenship.
1. Where should I apply?
Applicants are encouraged to contact an office location based on their zip code. See the listing of those zip codes (below) that correspond to each office.
Rockville Office (1301 Piccard Drive):
Silver Spring Office (8818 Georgia Avenue):
Germantown Office (12900 Middlebrook Road):
No additional information at this time.