Individuals & Families

Medicaid Basics & Benefits


People qualify for Medicaid based on income and family size. If you’re eligible, you can get free or low-cost care through an approved Medicaid plan

An estimated 100,000 Marylanders this year will become newly eligible for Medicaid assistance in Maryland. Medicaid provides health coverage for some low-income people, families and children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with disabilities. The benefits covered are different in each state, but certain benefits must be covered by every Medicaid program. In Maryland, Medicaid coverage includes the essential benefits found in all plans plus other benefits. Learn much more about Medicaid in Maryland.

Get the facts about changes to Medicaid

You may now qualify for Medicaid in Maryland. Under the ACA, Medicaid eligibility is expanding throughout the state. More people than ever will qualify for Medicaid assistance starting in 2014. Even if you were told you didn’t qualify for Medicaid in the past, you may now qualify under the new income eligibility rules.  We’ve created two helpful fact sheets about Medicaid assistance in Maryland. Click on the links below to get the facts you need to know:

What to expect

If you are currently enrolled in Medicaid, you are already covered. You don’t need to come to to apply for coverage. Also, your benefits are not changing.

If you are currently enrolled in the Primary Adult Care program (PAC) in Maryland, you will automatically be enrolled in full Medicaid benefits as of January 1, 2014. You will receive a notice from the Medicaid Program about the changes to your benefits before January 1.

Not sure if you are eligible for Medicaid? If anyone in your family is eligible for Medicaid, coverage will be effective back to the first day of the month you applied in.

Need assistance from Maryland Health Connection?

Consumer Assistance ProgramWe’re here for as you explore your options and select your coverage. You can get free help by phone or in person through our Consumer Assistance Program.