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Renew Medicaid Coverage

Renew Medicaid Coverage

If you or a member of your family are enrolled in Medicaid, the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) or MCHP Premium, you will reapply for coverage once a year.

If you received a letter to reapply for Medicaid (or if you think it’s time for you to do so), here are ways to renew your coverage.

There are different renewal instructions (PDF) for people who are 65 or older and who aren’t a parent or caretaker relative of a minor child, or for people who are blind, disabled, living in a nursing facility or are a current foster child.

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Renew online at MarylandHealthConnection.gov

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Call us at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573)

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Have this information ready

  • Household monthly income (including pay stubs, W-2 forms or tax returns if you have them)
  • Social Security Numbers or document numbers for each household member reapplying
  • Date of birth for each household member reapplying for coverage
  • Immigration information, if applicable
  • Photo ID, if you're renewing coverage in person

Frequently Asked Questions

Recipients who must renew their benefits will receive a letter in the mail indicating that they are up for renewal. The letter will indicate that the recipient must renew their benefits through Maryland Health Connection.

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Individuals who must renew their benefits through Maryland Health Connection are:

  • Children;
  • Adults younger than 65;
  • Parents and caretaker relatives; and
  • Pregnant women.

All eligibility groups who are not mentioned above cannot apply using Maryland Health Connection. Applicants for the following programs can apply for benefits using myDHRbenefits.dhr.state.md.us (formerly SAIL) or by going to their local Department of Social Services (DSS):

  • Medical Assistance Long Term Care (LTC)
    • Medical Assistance for Aged, Blind, and Disabled (ABD)
      • Medicaid for aged (older than 65 years old), blind or disabled adults
    • Only for disabled individuals admitted to nursing home facilities

Applicants for the programs listed below must apply for benefits by going to their local Department of Social Services (DSS):

  • Populations for whom income is not an eligibility factor, such as foster children.

Easy Instructions (PDF)

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If you have outstanding verifications (for example, we need to confirm citizenship or income), in most cases, your enrollment in Medicaid, MCHP or MCHP Premium is pending. You cannot obtain services until you submit your outstanding verifications and they have been approved.

Click here to see the types of documents accepted (PDF) to verify income, citizenship, identity or immigration status.

You may submit these documents online through MarylandHealthConnection.gov in your account inbox. If you are unable to submit these documents online, you may mail them to Maryland Health Connection, P.O. Box 857, Lanham, MD 20703.

If you have questions about acceptable documentation, please call 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573).

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Continue to use your current Medicaid card. If you have lost your Medicaid card, call the Call Center at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573) to request a new one.

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Medicaid recipients have an annual right to change MCOs. When you are eligible to change MCOs, you will receive an enrollment packet in the mail.

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No. As long as you apply through Maryland Health Connection within 45 days of receiving your renewal notice, you should get a new determination and be enrolled in either Medicaid or a Qualified Health Plan prior to a lapse in coverage.

However, please note that if you are found eligible for Medicaid, MCHP or MCHP Premium and you have outstanding verifications, in most cases your renewal application is pending. You cannot obtain services until you submit your outstanding verifications and they have been approved.

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