Maryland’s Children Health Plan (MCHP) and MCHP Premium Program

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  • The Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) is a federal/state program that gives full health benefits for children up to age 19, and pregnant women of any age who meet the income guidelines.

To be eligible, a child’s family income must be at or below 200% of the federal poverty level and the applicant cannot be eligible for Medicaid. Pregnant women qualify if their family income does not exceed 250 % of the Federal poverty level.

MCHP participants receive care through the Maryland Managed Care Program, Health Choice.  Participants do not pay for this coverage.

  • The MCHP Premium Program is a low cost health insurance coverage for uninsured children under the age of 19 whose family income is above 200% but at or below 300% of the federal poverty level.

It provides access to health insurance for eligible children through their parent’s or guardian’s employer sponsored insurance or through the Maryland Managed Care Program, Health Choice.

Participants must pay a small monthly premium.

  • For more information, call the MCHP Hotline at (800) 456-8900.


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