Can I apply for coverage if I don’t have a Social Security number?

Yes. People who do not have an SSN can still apply for health coverage through Maryland Health Connection. They, or the person applying for them, should check the box “Do not have an SSN” and answer the question “Are you applying for an SSN?”

If you do not have an SSN and are not applying for one, you should also select the reason you are not. If you have, an Individual Tax Identification Number (ITIN) instead of an SSN, enter it in the space provided. If you are not applying for coverage for yourself and applying only on behalf of another person, you can leave this information blank for you unless you are the tax filer for the household and want help paying for coverage for the applicant(s).

We ask for this information because Medicaid and MCHP require applicants seeking coverage to have an SSN, apply for one, or have a reason that exempts them from the SSN requirement. Applicants who may be eligible for Medicaid should apply for an SSN, if they can get one. If an SSN is issued, they should update their application with it.

Applicants who are not applying for an SSN for one of the following reasons are exempt from the Medicaid SSN requirement:

  • Not eligible for an SSN
  • An SSN can only be issued for non-work reasons
  • Well established religious objection

Applicants may still enroll in a Qualified Health Plan without applying for an SSN. However, if you don’t have an SSN, you may need to provide additional information because Maryland Health Connection will not be able to electronically verify your SSN or other information such as income.