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Important Questions

Click on a question below to find the answer. For other questions, contact our Customer Service department at 800-654-9728.

For New Members

HealthLINK@Hopkins is your member portal. In HealthLINK, you can: view your benefits, check claims and referral status, send secure messages to and receive them from Customer Service, request a new ID card, search for a doctor, and select a new primary care doctor (PCP).

Click “Member Login” at the top of ppmco.org. Select “Member Register” under First Time Logging In? on the right side of the page. On the next page, enter your member ID, name, birthdate and gender. Then follow the steps to create a user ID and password. Your password must be nine characters and must contain at least one uppercase letter, one lowercase letter, one number, and one special character, such as #, * or @. Usernames and passwords are case-sensitive.

Remember: Your password is private. Do not write it down or keep it in a public space. Once the process is complete, you will be able to access your account.

Once you’re logged in, you will see a welcome message on your homepage. This message will change to keep you up-to-date and informed on health issues. Start browsing the site by using the links located in the top navigation bar. They are organized by different sections including My Providers, My Health Plan, My Resources and My Preferences. You will also find a list of Quick Links in the left column of tasks most used by Priority Partners members.

Log into your member portal, by clicking “Member Login” at the top of our website. You can also call Priority Partners at 800-654-9728.

Go to the Find a Doctor section of this website or call Priority Partners at 800-654-9728.

Call Priority Partners any time you have a question or need help with your health care. Some examples of when to call are: to change your primary care doctor, to add a newborn and mom on the baby’s date of birth, to verify enrollment eligibility, or to get a new ID card.

Plan Perks

Eligible Priority Partners members may receive a reward for having certain health care services. Visit ppmco.org/rewards to find out more or call Member Services at 844-288-9593.

Top FAQs

You can enroll in an MCO and choose a primary care provider (PCP) through the Maryland Health Connection. You have three ways to apply:

You will be able to choose your MCO as one of the steps in the process.

Here’s how you can renew your health benefits:

  • Online at Maryland Health Connection – Create a user account, then go to “Start New Application” from the Quick Links on the Account Home page
  • Use the Maryland Health Connection mobile app
  • Call the Maryland Health Connection Call Center at 855-642-8572 (TTY: 855-642-8573)
  • In person at your local health department; or local Department of Social Services.

You do not have to do anything if the mother is a Priority Partners member. The baby will be added automatically on their date of birth.

If the mother is not a Priority Partners member, please check with your health plan or the Maryland Department of Health.

Log into your member portal, by clicking “Member Login” at the top of our website. You can also call Priority Partners at 800-654-9728.

You can change your primary care doctor (PCP) by logging into your member portal. You can also call Priority Partners at 800-654-9728.

Member Information

You can easily request a new ID card by logging into HealthLINK. Under My Health Plan, click Member Information then click on Request ID Card. Select the box next to your name and press Submit. The request will be automatically sent to your Customer Service department who will process the request.

You can also download the Request an ID Card form, fill it in and fax it to 410-424-4991. Or, you can call our Customer Service department toll-free at 800-654-9728.

Under Quick Links, click “Change Your PCP” or, under My Health Plans, click “Change PCP.” If you know the name or practice of the doctor you’d like to choose, type it in. You can search for a new PCP in your area by selecting from the drop down and typing the city, county or zip code in the field to the right. You can also search by the hospital the physician is affiliated with, by the sex of the doctor or by the language the physician speaks. Once you press Submit, browse through the list of doctors and press Select when you find the physician you would like. This request will go directly to your Customer Service department who will process the request. Approved change requests will take effect the first of the following month. You will also get a new ID card mailed to you within 7 to 10 days of the approval.

Address changes must be made through the Maryland Health Connection and cannot be done through HealthLINK. Follow these directions to change your address.

  1. Log in to your account.
  2. Click on Report a Change under the Quick Links section on the right side of the page.
  3. Click Next.
  4. Select the Change Home Address checkbox as it applies to you.
  5. Click Next.
  6. If you have other changes to make to your account, check the boxes as they apply to you, then click Next. If you do not need to make any other changes, keep clicking Next until you reach the summary page.
  7. Click Confirm after reviewing your summary information.
  8. Answer questions about Special Enrollment.
  9. Review and Confirm all sections of application.
  10. Type your name in the Signature box exactly as it appears (or will appear) on your Maryland Health Connection account.

Maryland Health Connection phone number: 855-642-8572

Important: After you have updated your address in your Maryland Health Connection account, remember also to update your address with Priority Partners. Keeping your address information current with Priority Partners is necessary so you may continue to receive member services and important announcements or updates to your benefits.

If you are a Priority Partners member, this feature is unavailable because all members have individual HealthLINK accounts. Call Priority Partners Customer Service at 800-654-9728 with questions.

Claims & Appeals

One reason may be that federal and state privacy regulations require us to protect certain information from being shared, or the data you anticipated has not been made available to us yet. For specific information about your record, please contact Customer Service.

Claims status takes 2 to 5 business days to update. If you’d like to confirm receipt or check the status of a claim, you can also call Customer Service.

Customer Service 800-654-9728

Plan Coverage

If you are a Priority Partners member, this feature is unavailable because all members have individual HealthLINK accounts. Call Priority Partners Customer Service at 800-654-9728 with questions.

Here’s how you can renew your health benefits:

  • Online at Maryland Health Connection – Create a user account, then go to “Start New Application” from the Quick Links on the Account Home page
  • Use the Maryland Health Connection mobile app
  • Call the Maryland Health Connection Call Center at 855-642-8572 (TTY: 855-642-8573)
  • In person at your local health department; or local Department of Social Services.

You do not have to do anything if the mother is a Priority Partners member. The baby will be added automatically on their date of birth.

If the mother is not a Priority Partners member, please check with your health plan or the Maryland Department of Health.

The Maryland Department of Health strives to process applications within days of receiving them. Once your application is approved, you have 28 days to select one of the HealthChoice MCOs to provide your health benefits. Services become available 10 days after you choose an MCO.

Certain medical services and supplies require approval before they will be covered by your plan. Prior authorization, also called prior approval or preauthorization, is the process where a qualified health care professional reviews and determines if a service is medically necessary. Your Summary of Benefits indicates which services, supplies or medications require prior authorization. All prior authorization requests are coordinated through your doctor’s office. Your doctor must ask for and receive approval before you receive certain care. Priority Partners will review the service, drug or equipment for medical necessity. If prior authorization is not given, then coverage for care, services or supplies may be limited or denied. Any costs for denied services that were the result of an in-network provider failing to receive prior authorization are not your responsibility. For more information on prior authorization guidelines through your Priority Partners plan, refer to your Priority Partners Member Handbook.

A referral is a written order from your primary care doctor (PCP) giving you permission to see a specialist or receive certain medical services. Before you can see a specialist and be covered for that care, you will need a referral from your PCP. For information on getting a referral for care, refer to your Priority Partners Member Handbook.

Some medications require prior authorization from your plan before they can be dispensed by your pharmacy. This helps us ensure that your prescriptions are medically necessary. To determine if a medication requires prior authorization, look at the Pharmacy Formulary. Medications that require prior authorization are listed in the formulary as “PA.”. Your doctor can request these medications by submitting a prior authorization request. Information about covered medications, medication prior authorization requirements and pharmacy plan benefits are available here.

Yes, as long as the prescription is on the list of medications covered by Priority Partners. Within two weeks of purchase of the prescription, you may be eligible for reimbursement at the retail pharmacy. You may also submit your prescription receipts for reimbursement within 180 days of the date of service. For additional information, call Priority Partners Customer Service at 800-654-9728.

Call Priority Partners any time you have a question or need help with your health care. Some examples of when to call are: to change your primary care doctor, to add a newborn and mom on the baby’s date of birth, to verify enrollment eligibility, or to get a new ID card.

Finding Care

Click “Search a Provider” in the left column under Quick Links or, under the My Health Plans tab in the top navigation bar.

First, make sure you are spelling the provider’s name correctly. If you are not sure of the spelling, type in the first three letters and a list of all doctors with a last name starting with those letters will be displayed. You can then browse the list manually. Your search may also be too narrow, meaning there are no providers with your selected criteria within your network. Broaden your search by typing “%%” in a field or leaving it blank. This will generate all providers within those fields. Your search may also be too broad, meaning there are far too many providers with your criteria for a list to be generated. You can narrow your search by selecting an option in a field. A list will find and display only those doctors that fit your criteria.

You can change your primary care doctor (PCP) by logging into your member portal. You can also call Priority Partners at 800-654-9728.

Go to the Find a Doctor section of this website or call Priority Partners at 800-654-9728.

Your vision care is through Superior Vision. Call Superior Vision at 800-428-8789 or go to their website.

Pregnant Members and Children
Dental care is directly provided by the Maryland Healthy Smiles Dental Program. Call Scion at 855-934-9812 or visit the SkygenUSA Dental website for more information or to find a dentist.

For Adults 21 and Over
Dental care is provided by Priority Partners through DentaQuest. Call DentaQuest at 800-698-9611 or visit the DentaQuest Dental website for more information or to find a dentist.

If you have a substance abuse or mental health question or concern, or want treatment options, please call Optum Maryland at 800-888-1965; (TTY 711).

No. For life-threatening emergencies, call 911 or go the emergency room. After, call your primary care doctor within 24 hours to let him or her know about the emergency. However, if you have a problem after normal business hours that is not a medical emergency, you can receive services at an urgent care center. Directions on how to find a center are provided in the “Where can I find an urgent care center?” question below.

Site of service is a term used to indicate the facility in which you receive care. Many surgical procedures can be performed safely in an outpatient hospital setting, such as an ambulatory surgery center (ASC). Certain procedures require prior authorization when performed in an outpatient hospital setting. For information on covered outpatient services, refer to your Priority Partners Member Handbook.

You can find an urgent care center near you in three easy steps.

  1. Go to the “Find a Doctor” and enter your ZIP code or select your state from the drop-down menu.
  2. Click the “Hospital or Facility” option, then click the “Search Providers” button.
  3. From the search results page, find the “Specialty” search category on the right side, and select “Urgent Care Center” from the drop-down menu.

Vaccine Information

A vaccine is a type of medicine that is usually given to you as a shot with a needle. The medicine in the shot protects your body from one or more diseases. When you get this medicine, your body learns how to fight the disease so that you will not get sick from it. This is called “immunization.”

Your doctor can determine if you should receive a vaccine based on CDC recommended guidelines.

Vaccines help the people who get them because they prevent them from getting diseases or infections that could make them sick or even kill them. They also help the vulnerable, unvaccinated people around them because it reduces the spreading of diseases and infection if most people are vaccinated and are not contracting them in the first place.

Yes. Vaccines are very safe. If any side effects occur from vaccinations, they are very minor, such as soreness where you received the shot, fussiness; or a low-grade fever. Serious side effects, like allergic reactions, are very rare, and doctors are trained to treat them.

Some vaccines can be taken by mouth or sprayed into your nose. Talk to your doctor to see whether this is an option. Most of the time, you will need to have the shot with a needle. It may sting for a moment and be a little sore, but it is much better than taking the risk of getting sick. Putting a cool, wet wash cloth where you got your shot can help make it feel better.

Some vaccines take more than one dose to give you full protection. Other vaccines stop working after a while, so you need to get them again. Make sure that you get every dose of all of your vaccines. This is the only way to make sure that you are protected from the disease.

Babies and young children need to be vaccinated because they are more at risk for diseases. These diseases can also be much more serious for infants and young children.

Talk to your child’s doctor about what vaccines they need. You can also look at these charts that tell you what vaccines your child needs based on how old they are.

Priority Partners members can receive a flu shot at their primary doctor’s office or at one of many flu network pharmacies, including CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, and more. Find a nearby pharmacy.

No, the flu shot cannot cause flu illness. The viruses contained in flu shots are inactivated (killed), which means they cannot cause infection.

There are different types of flu shots, and the CDC recommends you receive whatever is available at your pharmacy or doctor’s office. However, the CDC does not recommend the intranasal flu vaccine, FluMist.

You will not be reimbursed for flu vaccines paid out of pocket. Please make sure to go to one of our vaccine network flu pharmacies where your flu vaccine will be free!

Find a pharmacy in our vaccine network where you can get the flu vaccine.

All standard Trivalent and Quadrivalent available brands of the flu vaccine, including FluMist (nasal spray), are covered at network flu vaccine pharmacies. Please be advised that FluMist is not recommended by the CDC.

Fluzone intradermal, sort needle vaccine, and the Fluzone High Dose formulations are not covered at the retail pharmacy.

If you have questions about the flu, read more about it at www.cdc.gov/flu.

Shingrix is a vaccine against the Herpes Zoster that can be administered by your doctor or your pharmacist at a vaccine network pharmacy. A prescription is needed when you obtain the vaccine from a pharmacy.

Adult pneumococcal vaccine, for pneumonia prevention, can be administered by your doctor or your pharmacist at a vaccine network pharmacy. A prescription is needed when you obtain the vaccine from a pharmacy.

Members may obtain vaccines from a network provider or below vaccines from a network pharmacy. The list below identifies vaccines available at a vaccine network pharmacy at no cost.

VaccineUseCopay when administered at a Vaccine Network PharmacyRecommended Age
Flu VaccineFlu prevention$0Age 19 and over
ShingrixShingles prevention$0Age 50 and over
Adult PneumococcalPneumonia prevention$0Age 19 and over

Asthma Medication

Yes, asthma medicines are safe when given by your child’s doctor. Be sure to follow the directions from your doctor and pharmacist. Do not give your child extra medicine or inhaler puffs unless your child’s doctor tells you to.

Steroid inhalers are different than the muscle-building steroids sometimes abused by athletes. This medicine is breathed in, so it only goes to the lungs. There may be a slight slowing of growth for children by using a steroid inhaler, but this is rare. The benefit of your child breathing better is worth it for most parents.

You do not need to pay for this medicine. It is covered through your child’s Priority Partners benefits. There is no copay for pregnant adults or children under the age of 21.

If you do not have a way to get to your child’s doctor, Priority Partners can help you get a ride. Please call 888-500-8786 for information.

Talk to your pharmacy about getting reminders. Most pharmacies will send refill reminders to you by call, text, or email when it is time to get a refill.

Yes, your child needs to take their asthma medicine as long as their doctor tells them to. Do not stop taking the medicine without first talking to your child’s doctor. Your child may not have any asthma symptoms, but the medicine helps to keep it that way.

Call your child’s doctor to get a new prescription. Sometimes, they can send the prescription to your pharmacy, or they may want to see your child in the office if they haven’t had a visit recently.

Avoid things that worsen your child’s asthma. Things that can make asthma worse are called triggers. Triggers can be dust, mold, animal fur and saliva, pollens and grasses, smoke, or perfumes. Your child should not avoid exercise. Exercise is important for your child’s health.

Call Priority Partners at 800-654-9728.

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