More than 2,800 uninsured children and pregnant women in Washington County are expected to get health care coverage through a new state program that begins today, officials said.
The Maryland Children's Health Program is designed for families who cannot afford private insurance but who earn too much to qualify for Medicaid.
Adults in those families may be able to get coverage for themselves, but cannot afford extending coverage to their children, said Del. John P. Donoghue, D-Washington.
As a result, families might delay obtaining care for children for minor problems or preventive care like immunizations, said Dr. Robert L. Parker, Washington County health officer.