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Medical Care for Uninsured Children (Care for Kids)

How to Apply

For In Person Application.

Go to one of the Service Eligibility Unit offices of the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services locations listed in the section above and complete the Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) application.  Write “Care for Kids” on the top of the application.

For Mail-In Application. 

Obtain an application from a public school, public library or the Department of Health and Human Services. Or, download the application from the Maryland State Department of Health and Mental Hygiene website at www.dhmh.md.us/ma4families.

1.      Complete the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) application.

2.      Write “Care for Kids” on the top of the application.

3.      Mail the application to the DHHS Service Eligibility Unit closest to your home.

4.      Mail the application to the DHHS Service Eligibility Unit closest to your home.

5.      You will receive a mailed confirmation of your Care For Kids application results within two weeks.

The Care for Kids office will let you know if your child is eligible and will mail health care provider contact information, an enrollment package, and ID card to the child’s home address.  

Documents To Bring

You must bring proof that the child lives in Montgomery County and proof of the family income.

Examples of Proof

Eligibility Requirements

Fees and Payments

Families may have a co-payment of up to $15.00 per visit with a health care provider.  There is a $5.00 co-pay for all prescription medications.  Other fees and co-pays may be charged for lab work, radiology and some specialty care visits.  Patients are informed of any fee before they go to their appointment.

FAQ's

1.  What services are available through Care for Kids?

Pediatric care includes well child visits, sick visits, prescription medicine, optometry, dental and other limited specialty care services.

2.  Where will my child get his/her health care?

Your child will be assigned a health care provider based on where you live, the services you need and openings with Care for Kids providers.  The pediatric providers include Kaiser Permanente, Community Clinic, Inc., Spanish Catholic Medical Center; Mary’s Center for Maternal and Child Care, Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services school based health and wellness centers, and two private physician practices.

3.  How much will Care for Kids cost my family?

Most services offered by Care for Kids are low cost or discounted, although some do have a small fee or co-pay. 

Families may have a co-payment of up to $15.00 per visit with a health care provider.  There is a $5.00 co-pay for all prescription medications.  Other fees and co-pays may be charged for lab work, radiology and some specialty care visits.  Patients are informed of any fee before they go to their appointment.

4.  Can my child see a Dentist under Care for Kids?

Yes, routine dental care for children in the Care for Kids program is available at the Department of Health and Human Services dental clinics. There are clinics in Silver Spring, Rockville and Germantown.  Appointments are required and a small fee may be charged. 

5.  Does Care for Kids cover hospitalizations and emergency care?

No, Care for Kids does no cover hospitalization costs and emergency room care.  

 

 Additional Information

No additional Information at this time

 

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