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    Maryland Medical Assistance
    Family Planning Program

    I am a woman who just had a baby and I no longer have MCHP coverage. Can I apply? 

    You do not need to apply if you are eligible for the Family Planning Program. If eligible, you are automatically enrolled in the Family Planning Program after you give birth. After the first year, you will receive a notice and an application for you to complete, sign, and return in order to be screened for eligibility for another year of coverage.

    As part of the new Family Planning Program, how will I get care? 

    Family Planning Services are available anywhere the purple and white Family Planning Card is accepted. Check with your primary care provider, Local Health Department, Family Planning Clinic, Planned Parenthood, or Federally Qualified Health Center to see if the purple and white card is accepted. 

    Will eligible women have to enroll in a Managed Care Organization (MCO)?   

    No. Women who qualify for the Family Planning Program will not be enrolled in an MCO.

    Is tubal ligation covered under the Family Planning Program?   

    Yes. Tubal ligation is covered. You must be at least 21 years old to get a tubal ligation. Once a woman receives a tubal ligation, she is no longer eligible for the Family Planning Program.  

    Is there an age limit on eligibility?  

    Yes. Women must be under 51 years old.

    I am pregnant and need health insurance. Where should I go to get it? 

    Depending on your family size and household income, you may be eligible for Medical Assistance. For example, if you are pregnant and make less than $38,775 you are eligible for Medical Assistance. Click here for a detailed income chart. Pregnant women should:

    Completed applications for pregnant women should be sent to the local health department.

    How can I get family planning services if I am not eligible for the Medical Assistance Family Planning Program?  

    Services are available on a sliding fee scale at Maryland Family Planning Clinics.

    How do I apply? 

    Call 1-855-692-4993 to have an application sent to you; or

           Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
           Family Planning Program
           P.O. Box 296
           Baltimore, MD 21298-9795

    • Or fax to: 410-333-0134.

    How long does it take to complete the application?  

    It should take less than 30 minutes to complete a Family Planning Program application if you have the necessary information listed below.

    • General personal information (such as name, address, telephone number, date of birth, social security number) for you, your spouse, and children living with you;
    • Sources and amounts of income for you and your spouse;
    • Information on any other health insurance coverage that you might have; and
    • Child care expenses (if applicable). 

    What if I have more questions?  

    Please call the Maryland’s Family Planning hotline at 1-855-692-4993 if you have any additional questions.