Health and Medicine


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 Marylanders should compare, shop and apply for personal health insurance plans through the Maryland Health Connection rather than through The marketplace is not a private insurance company or a government-run health plan. (En Español)

Did you have a baby, adopt, get married, become disabled, move into or out of state, or lose coverage in 2015?  See if your plan can start sooner than usual.

Enrollment for this year has closed but you may be able to continue to enroll if you are eligible for Medicaid or Maryland Children's Health Program (MCHP). Logo (,  the official U.S. government site, helps people understand their health insurance options and the provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Visit this site to find the public and private health options available for other states.


Affordable Care Act


Finding Medical Services and Facilities


  • Baltimore County Department of Health
    Major portal to all the health-related services provided by Baltimore County to Baltimore County residents, find locations of local health centers, answers to frequently asked health questions, health awareness and education and other health-related information.

  • Consumer Guide to Long Term Care- Maryland Health Care Commission
    There are many care options. The section Preparing for Long Term Care outlines the possibilities.

  • Maryland Access Point (MAP)
    Here, you can assess, learn and search for long-term support information and services throughout Maryland. MAP also has an assessment for people who may not know their needs.  The assessment can help narrow down service needs and provide a list of local providers for these services.

  • Maryland Health Care Guide by Maryland Health Care Commission
    Provides consumer information on the quality and performance of health care given by hospitals, physicians, long-term care, ambulatory surgery facilities, and health benefit plans.

Finding a Doctor


  • Physician Referrals
    From Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources. Lists local organizations that provide online lists of or make referrals to physicians, dentists, and other medical practitioners.

  • Maryland Board of Physicians - Practitioner Profile Search
    Information including the educational background, training and specialities of physicians licensed in the state of Maryland. Includes information about malpractice judgments and disciplinary actions on physician. Locate a practitioner in your area.

  • DoctorFinder: American Medical Association
    Online physician locator.

Maryland Flu Preparedness


Still need a flu shot?  Baltimore County Health Department has a limited amount of vaccine available.  Call 410-887-2705 to schedule an appointment.

  • Flu Shot Clinics in the County:

    • Many Baltimore County senior centers offer flu shots to residents over the age of four from mid-September through October. Shots for seniors are available at the Baby Boomer and Senior Expo. For information, call MAP at 410-887-2594.

    • VA Maryland Health System
      Eligible military veterans can get free flu shots at the nearest VA Maryland Health Care System medical center or outpatient clinic.

    • FluWatch - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
      This site contains Maryland information and resources about flu symptoms, vaccines, treatment, local flu outbreaks and more.

Medical Assistance


Medical Conditions and Diseases


  • Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities
    Contact information for services and issues regarding accessibility, advocacy, counseling, education, employment, emergency assistance, equipment, housing, income, legal assistance, medical services,  recreation, transportation, parking, and other services for adults and children with disabilities.

  • Medical Dictionaries
    BCPL catalog lists several medical dictionaries.

  • Prevention and Health Promotion Administration - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
    Provides facts and data on infectious and chronic diseases, cancer, maternal and child health and environmental health. Provides information and resources for Marylanders to prevent the spread of infectious diseases, to ensure food safety, to facilitate access to services for TB, sexually transmitted infections including HIV, rabies and other transmissible diseases.

  • Maryland Poison Center
    The Maryland Poison Center is certified by the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC) as a regional poison center providing poisoning triage, treatment, education, and prevention services to all Marylanders. This service is staffed by pharmacists and nurses, who have specialized clinical toxicology training, 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

  • Maternal and Child Health - Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's Family Health Administration
    Information and links to Maryland resources, from the Maryland Family Planning and Reproductive Health Program.

  • Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment (link opens in catalog)
    Contains information on the signs, symptoms, epidemiology and treatment of more than 1,000 diseases and disorders. Includes drug treatment tables, NAEPP asthma guidelines, and other resources.

Medical Journals and Online Resources


The links below are to other online electronic resources that contain valuable health and medical-related information:

  • MedlinePlus
    Health information from the National Library of Medicine. Extensive information from the National Institute of Health and other sources on over 500 diseases and conditions. Lists of hospitals and physicians, a medical encyclopedia and dictionaries, health information in Spanish, extensive information on prescription and nonprescription drugs, health information from the media, and links to thousands of clinical trials.

  • Network of Care for Mental/ Behavioral Health - Baltimore County Bureau of Behavioral Health
    A resource for individuals, families and agencies concerned with behavioral health. It provides information about services, laws, and related news, as well as communication tools and other features.

Medicines and Drug Information


  • Baltimore County Prescription Discount Card
    A program to provide a discount off the retail price of prescription drugs. Available to all Baltimore County residents.

  • Maryland Pharmacy Board
    Links to FDA alerts and notices, drug-interaction information, pending health legislation, medical news and information, consumer education, and other drug-related information. Verify pharmacist licenses.

  • Maryland Senior Prescription Drug Assistance Program
    A subsidy program established by the Maryland Health Insurance Plan (MHIP) through the Medicare Modernization Act and the Health Insurance Safety Net Act of 2002, to provide premium assistance to moderate-income Maryland residents for the purchase of outpatient prescription drugs and who are eligible for Medicare and are enrolled in a prescription drug plan.

  • Substance Abuse Treatment Facility Locator
    An on-line resource for locating drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs.

  • Physician's Desk Reference (link opens in catalog)
    This highly respected book provides critical, current information on the most commonly prescribed drugs in the U.S..



  • Local Food Resources
    From Connections: Children, Youth and Family Resources. Links to local community organizations that can provide assistance with acquiring food. Maintained by Baltimore County Public Library.

  • Food and Nutrition Information Center
    A service of the National Agricultural Library of the United States Department of Agriculture. Current and reliable nutrition information for consumers. Covers food safety, preserving foods, dietary guidelines, and more.

    A service of the National Agriculture Library at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). A wealth of credible government information on food and nutrition including topics like weight management, dietary supplements, food assistance programs, and more.


Revised: February 26, 2018