Are You Uninsured? We May Be Able To Help.
HCAM assists individuals who may be eligible for one of Maryland’s public health coverage programs: MCHP, or the Medical Assistance for Families program. Those who may be eligible for other Medicaid programs are directed to their closest Department of Social Services. A variety of other health insurance programs and services may also be available to consumers. We are happy to assist with identifying these resources.
Call our health coverage hotline at 1-877-223-5201.
Other Coverage Possibilities
Below is a Q and A that might help guide your search for health coverage.
- Q. Did you recently lose your job and your health insurance?A. Depending on the situation you may be able to get health insurance coverage from your former employer though COBRA.
- Q. Have you lost your health coverage after early retirement? A. You may be able to get help paying for coverage through the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program – a provision of the Affordable Care Act.
- Q. Do you have a serious medical condition or a disability?A. You may be eligible for Medicare or Medicaid.Medicare – You may qualify through the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Program if you become disabled even if you are not yet 65.
» Apply for Disability | Call: 1-800-772-1213
Medicaid – If you have limited income you may qualify either for Aged, Blind, and Disabled Medical Assistance, Maryland Emergency Medical Assistance (even if you are not a citizen) or if you qualify for disability benefits through the Federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) program. Maryland also has several Medicaid Waiver programs for adults and children that disregard some income.
The EID program is for people who are able to work who receive SSI but need to keep their Medicaid coverage.
» EID (Employed Individual with Disabilities) | Call: 1-866-373-9651
- Q. Do you have a child with a chronic illness or disability?A. Call to see if your child might qualify for MCHP or Medicaid first and check about possible coverage through SSI (see above). If not, Children’s Medical Services (CMS) may be able to help. CMS is an income-based program for children and young adults up to age 21. Qualified applicants receive help paying for services related to the disability or chronic illness. There is no citizenship requirement but you must be a Maryland resident.
» Children’s Medical Services | Call: 1-800-638-8864
If You Are Not Eligible for Health Coverage
With so many uninsured Baltimore City residents, we know how important it is to identify low and no cost health care services. Our work in the field brings us into contact with family members who are not eligible for MCHP, PAC, Baltimore Bridge, or other State Medical Assistance programs. In an effort to assist these consumers, HCAM created the Consumer Guide to Low Cost and No Cost Health Care in Baltimore City.
This directory is intended to provide referral information to those who are in need of health care services but are not insured or have health insurance that does not meet their needs. Many of the facilities listed in this booklet accept payment on a sliding scale basis, which means that the amount of payment for services is based on the individual’s ability to pay. Some of the centers offer free services. Please note that some of the centers listed only serve specific populations. This resource guide is not an exhaustive list, but attempts to provide consumers with a variety of services located throughout Baltimore City.
Help with Prescription Drug Coverage
We can help you identify prescription discount programs that may be able to help with the cost of your medications. Many pharmacies offer discounted prescriptions for certain types of medications. Call the larger chains – Giant, Target, Wal-Mart – to check on your medication. Pharmaceutical companies also sometimes have discount programs for brand name drugs. Check the company website for more information. There are also several discount programs for Baltimore City residents. You can use any card that provides the best discount for the medication you need but you can not use more than one at a time.
Scriptsave Baltimore City residents use Group #576.