COVID - MEDICAID RENEWAL DEADLINES EXTENDED
Medicaid Redetermination Deadline Extended.
Medicaid recipients are required to renew their eligibility (also called a “redetermination”) every 12 months. In response to the COVID-19 emergency, the State Department of Health (MDH) has extended the deadlines. If you are due to renew your Medicaid coverage, Maryland Medical Assistance is extending your renewal until January 31, 2021. Medicaid will not cancel your coverage during this time. The renewal date may change again due to the current state of emergency.
Deadline to Request Fair Hearing Extended.
If you feel that the decision made by the Department of Social Services (or Managed Long Term Care Agency) on your Medicaid application was incorrect, you have the right to request a fair hearing.
Maryland Medicaid has extended the time for Medicaid participants and applicants to ask for a fair hearing. As of March 12, 2020, you now have 30 days after the state of emergency ends to file for your fair hearing. This notice, dated August 14, 2020, rescinds the previous suspension of the deadlines for providers to file appeals under COMAR 10.09.36.09.
Please note: This extension does not apply to:
Applications awaiting documentation;
Applications that are reaching the end of the six-month consideration period;
Medicaid participants who reported a change in circumstances and/or are no longer eligible for benefits.
Even though these deadlines have been extended, MDH nonetheless encourages you to complete your renewal as soon as possible. You do not need to wait for the deadline to file for redetermination.
If you are required to renew your Medicaid benefits, you should already have received a letter from MDH with instructions on how to renew using Maryland Health Connection.
If you need additional information, call the Maryland Health Connection Call Center at 1-855-642-8572 (TTY: 1-855-642-8573).
Mondays to Fridays: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Nov. 1: 8 a.m.–2 p.m.
Dec. 9,10, & 11: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
Dec. 12 & 13: 8 a.m. –4 p.m.
Dec. 14 & 15: 8 a.m.–10 p.m.
If you call, you should expect long wait times due to increased call volume during the COVID-19 emergency.
Links & Resources
Maryland Department of Health:
Maryland Health Connection