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Can I still get coverage if I am not a U.S. citizen?

Yes, people who are living in the United States legally can sign up for coverage through the Maryland Health Connection. The test is whether you are “lawfully present.” You are lawfully present if you fit into one of the following categories:

  1. Lawful Permanent Resident (LPR). You are a lawful permanent resident if you have permission to live and work in the United States. Applicants for LPR status may also qualify.
  2. Refugees and others who can’t return to their home country. This group includes people who were granted asylum, and those whose deportation or removal was temporarily paused.
  3. Humanitarian immigrants, including:
    • Certain Cuban and Haitian nationals.
    • Individuals paroled into the U.S. or granted temporary protected status.
    • Individuals who have applied for special immigrant juvenile status.
  4. Survivors of domestic violence, trafficking, and other serious crimes, including:
    • Abused spouses and children who qualify for protection under the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), as well as parents and/or children of an abused spouse or child.
    • Immigrant survivors of human trafficking.
    • U-Visa holders.
  5. People with valid non-immigrant status, including:
    • Visa holders such as tourists, students and visitors on business.
    • Citizens of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands or Palau.
  6. Longtime residents, including:
    • Non-citizens who gained legal status under the Immigration Reform and Immigrant Control Act of 1986.
    • Individuals who qualify for Family Unity status, protecting them from deportation or removal.
    • Individuals whose removal would cause extreme hardship to themselves or others.

There are some other situations where lawfully present immigrants may be eligible for health coverage. For more details, please talk to a Maryland Health Connection representative.

If you are an undocumented immigrant, you will not be able to get coverage through the Maryland Health Connection. You may be eligible for coverage of emergency medical services only, including labor and delivery, if you meet all other Medicaid eligibility requirements. For more information about Emergency Medicaid, click here.