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Maryland Children's Health Program (SCHIP) Benefits

Program Description

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.

General 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 $29,175
2 $39,325
3 $49,475
4 $59,625
5 $69,775
6 $79,925
7 $90,075
8 $100,225

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

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.

Program Contact Information

To obtain more information, please visit our website:
You may also contact MCHP by calling the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) MCHP Hotline at: 1-800-456-8900