The Maryland Medical Assistance Program is a State program that assists needy individuals with help for medical expenses, including some prescription costs. Benefits are available for individuals with low income. Some Medical Assistance categories take into account assets or real property as well. To be considered for Medical Assistance through Maryland Health Connection (MHC) one must fit into one of the following coverage groups: pregnant, families with children, childless adults under 65 not receiving Medicare. If one is under 65 years old, or a family with children, or pregnant apply via the Internet through the website (3rd link below) by calling 1.855.642.8572, the State of Maryland Call Center. Application can also be made at the Germantown Office at 12900 Middlebrook Road, Germantown, MD. 20874. The office fax number is: 240.777.3477. Seniors who are only applying for assistance with paying for Medicare premiums, co-payments, or deductibles, may apply in the Germantown office for the Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) or Specified Low Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) program. QMB/SLMB applications may be filed by mail, fax or in person. Medicaid coverage is automatically given to individuals receiving certain other public assistance benefits, such as Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or Foster Care. Medicaid eligibility for aliens is based on whether the alien is a "qualified" alien. Non-qualified aliens are not eligible for full Medicaid benefits; they may qualify for Medicaid coverage of emergency medical services if they meet all other eligibility criteria.
Application processing times varies depending upon the program.