New Insider’s Edge Updates: 156-158

medicaidThe Insider’s Edge newsletter is produced by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. In the issues, “Medicaid Marge” discusses Medicaid eligibility and enrollment policy. You can also visit DHMH’s Medicaid Marge main page to search by issue number or keyword, or email questions to dhmh.medicaidmarge@maryland.gov.

Here is a summary of issues 156-158 of Insider’s Edge:

Issue 156: Connecting Kids to Coverage Initiative

Three types of free or low-cost coverage for kids:

  1. Medicaid offers full health benefits for eligible children up to age 21 at no cost (family income up to 138 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL)).
  2. Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) offers full health benefits for eligible children up to age 19 at no cost (family income up to 211 percent FPL).
  3. MCHP Premium offers full health benefits for eligible children up to age 19 for a small monthly premium (that’s why it’s called MCHP Premium!) (family income up to 322 percent FPL).

Issue 157: MCHP Premium Reader Questions Answered

Issue 157 answers these two MCHP questions, in detail:

  1. A consumer paid for MCHP Premium for his children. He recently lost his job, and can no longer afford premiums. How does he update his income information?
  2. Are MCHP Premium-enrolled children eligible for retroactive coverage?

Issue 158: Introducing the Maryland Department of Health

Effective July 1, 2017, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene will be renamed the Maryland Department of Health. This name change will be accompanied with a re-branding strategy and a new logo.

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