Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP)

How to Apply

To apply for the Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP), apply online at or apply by telephone by calling the Maryland Health Connecction's Consolidated Service Center at 855-6428572 (toll-free) or TTY (855) 642-8573.   

Documents To Bring

  • Proof of income such as your tax return or two recent pay stubs
  • Proof of identity such as a driver’s license or other photo I.D.
  • Proof of citizenship such as your birth certificate or passport
  • Proof of Montgomery County residence such as your lease
  • Call 311 for questions or more information.

Eligibility Requirements

Those eligible for MCHP are:
  • Uninsured children under age 19 whose family’s income is at or below 200% of the federal poverty level (FPL);
  • Uninsured pregnant women of any age, whose income is at or below 250% FPL;

Fees and Payments

MCHP health care coverage is available at no cost for eligible households.  Additionally, the MCHP Premium program provides health insurance coverage for a small monthly premium (cost) for children in certain families with slightly higher income. Call the State’s Medicaid Hotline 1-800-456-8900 for more information.


1.  How long does it take to process my MCHP/Medicaid for Families application?

It takes approximately 10 days.

2.  What happens after my application is approved?

When you receive your enrollment packet in the mail, you will:

  • Find out from your doctor which managed care organizations (MCO) plans they accept;
  • Pick a MCO and primary care doctor to provide your care. If you do not pick a MCO, the State will pick one for you;
  • Inform HealthChoice which MCO and doctor you have selected;
  • Contact the doctor for an appointment.

3.  What is the County’s Role With MCHP?

MCHP is managed by the State of Maryland, Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH). It uses federal and state funds to provide the health care coverage.  Montgomery County DHHS staff helps the State with this program by assisting people in the County who want to apply for MCHP.  The County makes the application available in multiple locations, assists people in completing the application, and processes a person’s application at the County Service Eligibility Units.  The County also offers additional assistance for people who have MCHP, through its Client Services Center for Medicaid/HealthChoice at 240-777-1635.

4.  What should I do when my address, family size, or income changes?

Please report any address or income changes within 10 days, as required, by contacting your caseworker.  If you are unable to contact your caseworker, please call MC311 (dial 3-1-1) for assistance. 

5.  How do I get more information about fees or services covered by MCHP?

You may call the State’s Medicaid Hotline 1-800-456-8900 for more information.

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