Latest Coronavirus Updates
For the most up-to-date information and resources on Coronavirus in Maryland, including guidance for those who have been exposed, visit: https://coronavirus.maryland.gov/
For the most up-to-date information and resources about the Coronavirus response in Howard County, visit: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/COVID-19-Coronavirus-Countywide-Updates
Coronavirus – Testing Information & Guidance
The Howard County Health Department (HCHD) does NOT determine testing needs, nor order testing for COVID-19. We offer guidance using Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria. Testing is determined by a primary care physician who should follow (CDC) guidelines.
- For more information, read these Coronavirus Frequently Asked Questions from the Maryland Department of Health.
- For an update about Coronavirus testing in Howard County, visit: https://www.howardcountymd.gov/Departments/Health/MM-Alerts-and-Recalls/Coronavirus-Testing
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has set forth testing guidelines that are being followed by most states and localities. Their “Testing for COVID-19″ webpage provides guidance and a symptom checker.
The University of Maryland Medical System offers additional information about Coronavirus testing and resources, including what to do if you do not have a primary care physician.
Contact an expert now
Howard County Health Department’s Coronavirus Information Line is available from 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday. Call 410.313.6284 for answers to health and medical questions related to Coronavirus.
University of Maryland Medical System’s Nurse Call Line, established by UMMS, is a free phone service available 24 hours a day/7 days a week to answer questions from the community about Coronavirus (COVID-19). Call 1.888.713.0711.
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Health insurance assistance
The State of Maryland, as part of its overall response to the coronavirus, has opened a new special enrollment period for uninsured Marylanders. Uninsured Marylanders who qualify now have until July 15, 2020 to enroll. Visit https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/ for full details. This enrollment period is ONLY for new enrollments of uninsured Marylanders who are eligible, not an opportunity for currently enrolled consumers to change plans.
How do I enroll?
- To enroll, visit MarylandHealthConnection.gov or download the free “Enroll MHC” mobile app. When enrolling, you should request or select “Coronavirus Emergency Special Enrollment Period.”
- Trained navigators and brokers can help you enroll by phone. Call 410.500.4710 or 1.855.288.3667 (Toll Free).
Can I get help enrolling?
- Free consumer assistance is available by calling 855.642.8572 weekdays from 8 am – 6 pm. Deaf and hard of hearing use Relay. Help is available in more than 200 languages.
Need assistance with applying for Medicare? Howard County’s SHIP can help. SHIP helps people with Medicare of any age (or their families/caregivers) understand and navigate Medicare. Whether you are new to Medicare or have had it for some time, contact SHIP for questions or concerns 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
Call 410.313.7392 for 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, and they are knowledgeable about other health department resources. Call 410.313.5845. Staff are bilingual in Spanish and Korean.
Chase Brexton provides healthcare and other assistance. Care can be provided to those without insurance on a sliding fee scale. For more information, call 410.837.2050 or visit https://www.chasebrexton.org/locations/columbia
For a full listing of Health-related services available through Howard County, visit https://services.howardcountymd.gov/hcportal?id=sc_category_311&sys_id=aa05f39bdb5440101e7b9647db961900
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 1.877.312.6571.
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 https://www.neighborride.org/prospective-passengers/ 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)