Participants can find the latest Medicaid information related to the COVID-19 outbreak. Check back often for updates. For general coronavirus information, visit coronavirus.maryland.gov.
Maryland Children’s Health Program Premium (MCHP) and Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID) Premium Payments Waived -- Updated September 1, 2021
During the national public health emergency, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) is suspending monthly premium payments for the Maryland Children’s Health Program Premium (MCHP) and Employed Individuals with Disabilities (EID). Premium payments are not due until further notice. For those who have a scheduled recurring payment on the payment portal, MDH will not withdraw payment during this time. Policies will remain in effect. MDH will contact participants to let them know when they will have to begin payment again. This action waives payment due during the national public health emergency only. Participants will not have to make payment in the future for payments suspended during this time. For more information, see health.maryland.gov/payments
Time to Request a Fair Hearing Extended -- Updated July 1, 2021Governor Hogan declared the end of the Maryland State of Emergency due to COVID-19 effective July 1, 2021. Maryland Medicaid previously extended the time for Medicaid participants and applicants to ask for a fair hearing under COMAR 10.01.04 until 30 days after the state of emergency ends . Beginning August 1, 2021, normal timelines for filing a fair hearing request will resume consistent with the timelines established under COMAR 10.01.04.04D.
On August 14, 2020, the Department rescinded the previous suspension of the deadlines for providers to file appeals under COMAR 10.09.36.09.
Assessment Fee for Increased Community Service (ICS) Payment Extension is Ending -- July 1, 2021
Governor Hogan declared the end of the Maryland State of Emergency due to COVID-19 effective July 1, 2021. The national federal Public Health Emergency due to COVID-19 remains in place.
During Maryland's Coronavirus (COVID-19) state of emergency, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) delayed assessment fee payments for Increased Community Services (ICS). For those who have a scheduled recurring payment on the payment portal
, MDH did not withdraw payment during this time. Services remained in effect.
Assessment fee payments will be due 60 days after the state of emergency issued by Governor Hogan ends. MDH will contact participants to let them know when they will have to begin payment again. This action delayed payment during the state of emergency only. Participants must make payment in the future for payments delayed during this time. MDH will send participants information about repayment. For more information, see health.maryland.gov/payments
Medicaid Renewals Extended to December 31, 2021 -- Updated June 10, 2021
If you are due to renew your Medicaid coverage, Maryland Medical Assistance is extending your renewal until December 31, 2021. Medicaid will not cancel your coverage during this time. The renewal date may change again due to the current state of emergency. Check this page for updates.
March 2021 COVID-19 Relief Stimulus Checks and Medicaid Eligibility
Stimulus checks are not counted towards income when applying for or determining Medicaid eligibility. A third stimulus, the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, was signed into law on March 11. It includes a direct stimulus payment of $1,400 to most Americans. COVID-19 relief payments are not considered income. Payment status updates are available at irs.gov/coronavirus/get-my-payment.
Change to the Medicaid HealthChoice Helpline -- April 16, 2020
Due to the state of emergency, the Maryland Medicaid HealthChoice Helpline is moving to a voicemail system until further notice. For help, please leave a brief message with your name and a number where we can reach you. HealthChoice Helpline staff will call you. 'No caller ID' may show when we call. Please answer.