There were decidedly few positives that came from the recent pandemic, but one bright spot was the decision by states to suspend the usual practice of obliging Medicaid recipients to undergo an annual redetermination, or renewal, of their eligibility for the benefit. That easing of the rules was rescinded some months ago now but many Marylanders haven’t yet had to resume the process and are probably rather hopeful that they’ve dodged the bullet. Sadly, though, unless you have Medicaid as an SSI recipient your time will come again.

You can expect to receive notice of the redetermination at least 60 days before the last day of your current span of eligibility so in theory there’s plenty of time to get all the paperwork in. The key here is to make sure that your local DSS office or Maryland Health Connection are aware of any changes of address you’ve had in the past 3 years. The organizations have been required to give some leeway if one of their letters is returned to them, but they’ll only make so much effort and only give another 30 days’ forgiveness before they cut you off. 

Any other changes you’ve had you can record in the actual redetermination paperwork, but you’ll need to make sure you get the letter to start the whole process.

If you have any questions or you need to reach out about your status you can call Maryland Health Connection at 1-855-642-8572 or, if you know your account details you can go to