Maryland's Official Health Insurance Marketplace

I am lawfully present in the U.S. and have income that qualifies me for Medicaid but Medicaid said I’m not eligible. Why am I not eligible for Medicaid?

It is probably because you have not been lawfully residing in the United States for five years or more. Under federal law, Maryland cannot provide Medicaid to most immigrants until they have been lawfully residing in the U.S. for five years. But, the good news is that you can buy a qualified health plan and may qualify for financial help to lower your insurance costs.

The lawfully present immigrants that we can and do provide Medicaid, MCHP, and MCHP Premium to include: refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian immigrants; veterans and military families; and pregnant women and children.

Some lawfully present immigrants who are authorized to work in the United States cannot enroll in Medicaid, even if they have been in the country for five or more years, such as those here on student visas or temporary work visas due to their residency status

Undocumented immigrants may not enroll in Medicaid, MCHP, or MCHP Premium coverage, but may still be eligible for Emergency Medicaid, including labor and delivery services, if they meet all other eligibility requirements. For more information about emergency medical services through the Medicaid program, click here.