Q) I just got proof of pregnancy yesterday and I need to get medicaid so I can get seen by a doctor. I’ve had a miscarriage before so I’m going to be a high risk pregnancy. I need to be seen ASAP
A) Congratulations on your pregnancy! I understand that you need to get Medicaid ASAP. Here are some things you can do:
- Apply online or in person. You can apply for Medicaid online at the Texas Health and Human Services website or in person at your local county human services office.
- Bring proof of pregnancy. When you apply for Medicaid, you will need to bring proof of your pregnancy. This can be a doctor’s note, a positive pregnancy test, or a letter from your midwife or other healthcare provider.
- Be prepared to provide other information. When you apply for Medicaid, you will also need to provide other information, such as your name, address, date of birth, Social Security number, and income.
- Follow up on your application. Once you have submitted your application, you will need to follow up with your local county human services office to check on the status of your application.
Please call or visit your nearest Medicaid Office as soon as possible to apply for medical coverage. Some state medicaid services allows you to apply for coverage online. Please visit your state medicaid website for more information on online application.
Note: If your state is not expanding Medicaid and you can’t afford a health plan you can get low-cost health care at a Community Health Center near you.
Pregnant Mother Eligibility For Medicaid
States have the option to extend Medicaid coverage to pregnant women up to or over 185% and most states have done so. In addition, some states have medically needy programs, which allow pregnant women with incomes above the medically needy income threshold to spend down to eligibility if their health care expenses are sufficiently high.
Once eligibility is established, pregnant women remain eligible for Medicaid through the end of the calendar month in which the 60th day after the end of the pregnancy falls, regardless of any change in family income.
Infants born to pregnant women who are receiving Medicaid for the date of delivery are automatically eligible for Medicaid (known as “deemed newborns”). Medicaid eligibility continues until the child’s first birthday and citizenship documentation is not required.
Pregnant Mother Medicaid Benefits
Pregnant women receive care related to the pregnancy, labor, and delivery and any complications that may occur during pregnancy, as well as perinatal care for 60 days post partum. States have the option to provide pregnant women with full Medicaid coverage, or they may elect to limit coverage to certain pregnancy-related services.