Maryland Children's Health Program (SCHIP)

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in Insurance
December 19, 2018


The Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP) gives full health benefits for children up to age 19, and pregnant women of any age who meet the income guidelines. MCHP enrollees obtain care from a variety of Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) through the Maryland HealthChoice Program.


Maryland Children's Health Program (SCHIP) is administered by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

Program Requirements:

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of Maryland, under 19 years of age or be a primary caregiver with a child under the age of 19 or be pregnant, a U.S. national, citizen, legal alien, or permanent resident.




In order to qualify, you must have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below the following amounts:

Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $29,700
2 $40,050
3 $50,400
4 $60,750
5 $71,100
6 $81,450
7 $91,825
8 $102,225

*For households with more than eight people, add $10,400 per additional person. Always check with the appropriate managing agency to ensure the most accurate guidelines.

Application Details

The application is brief and the process is simple. The application asks for:

  • General Information such as your name, address, telephone number, etc.
  • Any health insurance coverage
  • Information about family members (such as names and birth dates)
  • Social Security numbers of applicants
  • Sources and amounts of family income

Download a copy of the MCHP application from this site:

Local Health Departments will mail applications on request. Find your local Health Department here:

Also, applications are available at local Health Departments, local Departments of Social Services, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Centers, and local hospitals and schools.

Applications can be completed at home and mailed in or dropped off at any local health department. Case managers are available to assist you there. Find your local Health Department here:

Those found eligible for MCHP will receive an enrollment packet in the mail to select a managed care organization for health care.



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