CONGRATULATIONS! Learning you are going to be a mother is exciting and a bit scary. We want to help you make sure your baby enters the world healthy. If you are already covered by Kentucky Medicaid then all you need to do is make an appointment to see your doctor and make sure you receive all the prenatal care to ensure a healthy baby. Call your Managed Care Organization (MCO) and let them know you are pregnant. Most offer special programs for expecting moms and their babies.
If you are not already enrolled in Medicaid, you may still be eligible for some pregnancy-related services through a program called Presumptive Eligibility. Presumptive Eligibility (PE) allows pregnant women who have not yet applied for a medical card to receive temporary (less than 60 days from the day you receive your PE card) coverage for prenatal care. You, healthcare provider, can arrange for PE coverage while you are in the office.
Medicaid wants to help you ensure you have a happy and healthy baby. So, once you find out you are pregnant, contact your doctor to schedule an appointment for your first prenatal visit. Your doctor's visits, eligible prescription drugs, and the hospital for delivery will all be covered. Make sure you show your Medicaid ID card to your doctors and the hospital.
Also, if you look under "Resources and Additional Programs" below, you will see three very important programs that we would encourage you to check out. These programs are designed to help you and your baby.
Don't forget to call your MCO and tell them your news. Most of the MCOs offer other specials programs for Moms and their baby.
Resources and Additional Programs
A home visiting program for pregnant moms-to-be and new parents that supports all areas of your baby’s development. HANDS is here to answer all of your questions during the different stages of your baby’s growth. Enrollment MUST BE during pregnancy or when your baby is less than three months old. Contact your local health department for more information about HANDS.
- First Steps
A statewide early intervention system that provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families.
If you are pregnant, recently had a baby, are breastfeeding or have a child younger than 5 years of age, the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) could help you. This program is also operated by the Department for Public Health.