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MA4FAMILIES : applicants


“It’s not just for kids anymore.”


New HealthCare for More Families

Begins July 1, 2008!


Program Background


Beginning July 1, 2008, parents and other family members caring for children can apply to get full health care benefits.Medical Assistance for Families will provide free health services including:

  • Low-cost or free prescriptions;
  • Doctor visits;
  • Emergency room-visits
  • Hospital stays;
  • X-ray and lab services and,.
  • Many other services 

Families will be able to apply by mail, fax, online, or can call 1-800-456-8900 to request an application.  

Can I Get Health Care?

Depending on the size of your family and your annual income, you may be able to get full health care benefits. If your income is below the amounts listed in the income eligibility chart , you may be able to get Medical Assistance for FamiliesFor example, a family with three members in the household and an income below $21,200 annually can now get health care coverage. These are estimates only – if your income is slightly higher, you may still able to get Medical Assistance for Families and should apply.What Information Do I need to Apply?  

To Complete the Medical Assistance for Families Application  you will need:

  • General Information (Such as Name, Address, telephone number),
  • Information about family members (Such as Names and birth dates),
  • Proof of Citizenship and Identity for all Family Members Applying for health care;

For a List of ways to prove citizernship and identity, see:

The DHMH Citizenship General Information page

  • Social Security Numbers of all Family Members applying for healthcare;
  • Sources and amounts of family income;
  • Information on any other health insurance coverage that you or your family might have; and.
  • Child care expenses and verification (if applicable) 

How Do I Apply


Mail or fax completed applications to your Local Health Department or Local Department of Social Services.
Click here for link to list of Local Health Department or Local Department of Social Services

 Who Should I Contact if I Have More Questions?

  • Call the Medical Assistance Hotline: 1-800-456-8900 or TDD for the Disabled: 1-800-735-2258