Uninsured and looking for coverage? You can purchase private insurance, possibly at a reduced rate, and may be able to get help through Medicaid. marylandhealthconnection.gov is how you sign up for both.
Medicaid: People eligible for Medicaid or the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) can enroll any time of year. Click for details on who qualifies.
Private Insurance: Marylanders can enroll in a private health plan with Maryland Health Connection now through Monday, August 15, 2021. Nine out of ten people who enroll receive financial support. Individuals with certain immigration status and all children can receive coverage. The date coverage begins depends on when you enroll. At all times, you can enroll or change plans if you’ve recently experienced a qualifying life event, such as becoming pregnant or losing other health coverage.
Learn more/apply with Maryland Health Connection
Online: Go to marylandhealthconnection.gov
In Person: Complete your application in person with free, local help.
In Person: Call 855.642.8572. Deaf and hard of hearing use Relay service. Help is available in more than 200 languages.
Additional Medicaid assistance
The Howard County Health Department’s Bureau of Access to Health has Medicaid eligibility workers on staff to personally assist with:
- medical assistance enrollment
- help with navigating Medicaid
- scheduling transportation for Medicaid recipients to receive necessary medical treatment and
navigating other health department resources
Call 410.313.5845. Staff are bilingual in Spanish and Korean.
State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)
Need help understanding or navigating Medicare? Howard County’s SHIP can help. Whether you are new to Medicare or have had it for some time, or researching for a family member or friend, contact SHIP about these or other topics.
- What Medicare covers
- Prescription drug plans, Medicare Advantage/health plans, Medigap policies
- Billing, claims, denials and appeals
- Program that help with Medicare costs
Maryland Insurance Administration
Eligible Medicaid and Foodstamp recipients may qualify for a free phone through the Howard County Health Department. Applicants will be required to provide proof of Maryland residence (photo ID, mail with name and address) and one of the following:
- Medicaid insurance card
- EBT card
- Award letter for SSI, VA, or Section 8
Chase Brexton provides healthcare and other assistance. Care can be provided to those without insurance on a sliding fee scale. Healthcare providers who speak Spanish are available. For more information, call 410.837.2050 or visit chasebrexton.org/locations/columbia
For a full listing of Health-related services available through Howard County, visit services.howardcountymd.gov
The Medical Assistance Transportation Program (MATP) is a program that provides transportation to medical care for clients who have no other transportation available. There are strict eligibility requirements. Contact MATP for more information at
Neighbor Ride is continuing to provide medically necessary transportation to ensure that ongoing healthcare needs are met.
You will need to complete an application before services can start. Visit neighborride.org/ for a full explanation of how Neighbor Ride works.
- There are fees charged for riding, and they are listed here.
- Passengers on a limited income may qualify for subsidized rides via the Good Neighbor Fund (GNF). A GNF application is included in the registration packet. Proof of income is required. For more information, call 410.884.RIDE (7433)
- For additional assistance see the Helplines section.
Mental Health information
Howard County Department of Health has additional crisis services available. Visit howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health for a full listing of available services.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s (SAMHSA) Disaster Distress Helpline:
Disaster Distress Helpline, 1.800.985.5990, is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster. This toll-free, multilingual, and confidential crisis support service is available to all residents in the United States and its territories. Call
1.800.985.5990 or text TalkWithUs to 66746 to connect with a trained crisis counselor.
Unsafe at home or worried that someone you know might be? HopeWorks provides services to women, men, and children impacted by sexual assault and domestic violence in Howard County, Maryland. All services are confidential and fees are based on income. No one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. HopeWorks has a 24-hour hotline: 410-997-2272.They are currently offering virtual workshops, presentations, and support groups.
Assistance with Finding Mental Health Help
The Howard County Bureau of Behavioral Health has many resources available.
- HCHD Behavioral Health Community Services Directories
- Network of Care Directory of Services (searchable)
- Alcoholics Anonymous (local information)
- The Serenity Center (self-help/12 step meeting hall)
- On Our Own of Howard County (open door wellness center)
- SMART Recovery (resources and meeting information)
- Narcotics Anonymous (national meeting locator)
- Free State Region NA (Howard County and other local area NA site)
The Bureau of Behavioral Health also maintains directories of providers to help you find care:
The Foreign-Born Outreach Behavioral Health Services Program helps those who were born outside of the United States, who live in Howard County, are low income, and do not qualify for public health services. For more information, contact Heidi Weiss-Beedie at 410.313.5711 or [email protected]
Supporting Recovery in Howard County
The following organizations are available to support recovery with confirmed activity at this time. Consult the organizations’ links for available services, including online meetings.
General Mental Health Information
MedlinePlus.gov is an authoritative online health information resources for patients and families. Medlineplus.gov/mentalhealth.html
MentalHealth.gov provides one-stop access to U.S. government mental health and mental health problems information. Mentalhealth.gov
Howard County Health Department’s Behavioral Health Department provides information about county specific resources. Howardcountymd.gov/gethelp
Children’s Mental Health Matters! Campaign brings together non-profits, schools, and other agencies to raise public awareness of the importance of children’s mental health and substance use, helping reduce the stigma of mental health, and connecting families, educators and providers throughout Maryland with resources to help children.
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) provides education, support, and important information about mental health and the Coronavirus outbreak. Nami.org/Home Visit NAMI Howard County for local information and support. Namihowardcounty.org/
Emotional Support Human is a community initiative of the Horizon Foundation that offers practical tips for reaching out and showing support to those living with emotional or mental health challenges. This campaign provides suggestions on ways to start conversations, create a safe space for having those discussions and offer practical help.
Looking for specific information to support your school-age child’s mental health? Visit the Howard County Public School System’s mental health and wellness page.
Howard County Library System has numerous Mental Health Disorders Resources in our collection.