Primary Care for Kids

Young friendly female doctor examining a little boyCare for Kids provides affordable primary and specialty care to the children from low-income families in Montgomery County who are not eligible for other state or federal health insurance programs. Care for Kids serves children from birth to age 19. In FY2014, Care for Kids served 3,024 children with health services ranging from well child visits to case management for children with complex care needs or complicated socio-economic situations.

Services

  • Well child visit
  • Medical check-ups by a doctor/nurse
  • Dental care
  • Vision care
  • Behavioral health care
  • Medicine
  • Access to specialists
  • Case management (for children from high risk families or with complex health care needs )

Eligibility

Care for Kids is an enrollment program and families need to re-apply every 12-months to renew coverage through Care for Kids. Your child may be eligible for Care for Kids if:

  • He or she is between the ages of 0 and 19
  • He or she is not eligible for any state or federal insurance programs
  • Your family lives in Montgomery County
  • Your family is low-income (below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level)

How to Apply 

Apply in Person (Recommended)

Go to the Montgomery County DHHS Office of Eligibility and Support Services (formerly known as Service Eligibility Unit or SEU) closest to where you live. No appointment is required.

12900 Middlebrook Road, 2nd Floor, Germantown, MD 20874

1401 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

8630 Fenton Street, 10th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910

Apply by Mail

Step One: Fill in the Maryland Children’s Health Program (MCHP) application

  • Forms are available in public schools, public libraries, and at the DHHS offices.
  • Fill in the application form and write “Care For Kids” across the top
  • If your child has a Social Security Number, add it to the application. Otherwise, write CFK in the Social Security Number space.

Step Two: Mail the application to the Montgomery County DHHS Office of Eligibility and Support Services (formerly known as Service Eligibility Unit or SEU) closest to where you live. Or apply in person at the Office of Eligibility and Support Services branch nearest to your home. (See list of addresses above).

Step Three: Wait for Care for Kids staff to contact you and give you a provider enrollment package. Care for Kids will contact eligible applicants by telephone or mail within four weeks.

Step Four: Complete all enrollment forms and return them to the Care for Kids program office within 30 days.

Care for Kids
Primary Care Coalition
8757 Georgia Ave., 10th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Step Five: Wait for your child’s identification (ID) card to arrive in the mail. Keep this card safe and be ready to show it at each health care appointment.

Funding

Care for Kids is a partnership between the Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the School Health Program, nonprofit clinics, private health care providers, and the Primary Care Coalition.  The program is funded by Montgomery County and supplemented by grants secured by the PCC, in-kind services donated by individual providers, and private donations. This webpage has not been reviewed or approved by Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services.