Emergency care in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington D.C.
What is emergency care?*
Emergency care is for medical or mental health conditions that require immediate medical attention to prevent serious jeopardy to your health. Examples include:
- Chest pain or pressure
- Severe stomach pain that comes on suddenly
- Decrease in or loss of consciousness
- Severe shortness of breath
Do not attempt to access emergency care through this website.
If you think you or your family member has a medical or mental health emergency, call 911 or go to the nearest hospital.
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*If you reasonably believe you have an emergency medical condition, call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department. An emergency medical condition is one that, in the absence of immediate medical attention, may result in 1) placing the health of the individual (or, with respect to a pregnant woman, the health of the woman or her unborn child) in serious jeopardy, 2) serious impairment to bodily functions, or 3) serious dysfunction of any bodily organ or part. Refer to your Evidence of Coverage, Membership Agreement, or federal brochure RI 73-047 for the complete definition of emergency medical conditions.