Other Benefits & Assistance

Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP)
Maryland Food Supplement Program
Provides low- and no-income individuals and families money to buy food each month. 
- Additional information from the federal government:
- Maryland-specific information and to apply: 
http://www.dhr.state.md.us/food-supplement-program/

Maryland Energy Assistance Programs
These programs provide low-income homeowners with financial assistance with heat and electric bills.
- Maryland Energy Assistance Program (MEAP)
Provides financial assistance with home heating bills. Payments are made to the fuel supplier and utility company on the customer’s behalf.
- Electric Universal Service Program (EUSP)
Provides financial assistance with electric bills. Eligible customers receive help that pays a portion of their current electric bills. Customers who receive EUSP are placed on a budget billing plan with their utility company. Budget Billing is a tool that utility companies provide to help spread out year annual utility bills into even monthly payments to avoid spikes in your bill caused by seasonal fluctuations in energy use. Please check with your utility company on eligibility requirements and budget billing policy.
- Arrearage Retirement Assistance
Helps customers with large, past due electric and gas bills. If eligible, customers may receive forgiveness of up to $2,000 towards their past due bill. Customers must have a past due bill of $300 or greater to be considered eligible. Customers may only receive an arrearage grant once every seven years, with certain exceptions.
​- For more information, visit: 
- To apply, visit:

Temporary Cash Assistance (TCA)
Maryland’s Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
Provides cash assistance to families with dependent children when available resources do not fully address the family’s needs and while preparing program participants for independence through work.
- For more information and to apply: 

Temporary Disability Assistance Program (TDAP)
Available to help low-income, disabled Marylanders through a period of short-term disability or while they are awaiting approval of federal disability support. The program is funded through the State of Maryland to provide help to individuals without dependent children.

Low-Income Water Bill Assistance Program 
Helps Baltimore City residents who have fallen behind with water bill payments.  Those enrolled in the income-based program will receive a $250 grant toward their outstanding balance, and agree to make monthly payments toward this balance.
- For more information and to apply:
Lifeline Support for Affordable Communications
FCC's program provides low-income consumers a discount on monthly telephone service, broadband Internet service, or bundled voice-broadband packages purchased from participating wireline or wireless providers.
- For more information and to apply: 
https://www.fcc.gov/lifeline-consumers

Maryland WIC Program
Provides supplemental nutrition, education and health referrals for women, infants and children under the age of 5.
- For more information and to apply:
www.mdwic.org
Phone: (800) 242-4942

Medicaid 
Offers health insurance and services for low income recipients in Maryland. Applicants can apply throughout the year at the Maryland Health Connection website.
- For more information and to apply:
https://www.marylandhealthconnection.gov/how-to-enroll/medicaid/ 
www.marylandhealthconnection.gov
Phone: (855) 642-8572

Medicare Extra Help 
Pays some of the costs for a Medicare prescription drug plan. This may include monthly premiums, annual deductibles, and prescription co-payments. Available to Medicare beneficiaries who meet income and asset requirements.
- For more information and to apply:
https://www.ssa.gov/benefits/medicare/prescriptionhelp/​

Qualified Medicare Beneficiary (QMB) Program
Specified Low-Income Medicare Beneficiary (SLMB) Program
Qualifying Individual (QI) Program
Qualified Disabled and Working Individuals (QDWI) Program
These four Medicare Savings Programs provide financial assistance to pay your Medicare premiums.

Advanced Premium Tax Credit 
Provides financial assistance for qualified recipients seeking to purchase health insurance through the Maryland Health Connection marketplace. Qualified recipients may receive funds to help pay their monthly insurance premiums or receive a tax credit at the end of the year.
- For more information and to apply:
https://www.irs.gov/affordable-care-act/individuals-and-families/the-premium-tax-credit-the-basics