Eligibility

Prenatal Care provided through the Healthy Beginnings Plus Program is free for low-income pregnant women meeting the eligibility requirements. Income and family size criteria must be met to qualify for medical assistance coverage for maternity care under the Medical Assistance Program.

 2017-2018 Healthy Beginnings Plus Income Eligibility Guidelines

Effective July 1, 2017 Gross income before taxes

Family Size

Weekly (Approximate)

Monthly (Approximate)

Annually

1

429

1,859

22,311

2

577

2,503

30,044

3

726

3,148

37,777

4

875

3,792

45,510

5

1023

4,436

53,243

6

1172

5,081

60,976

For each additional family member, add:1496457,733

 

If a woman is currently uninsured, Medical Assistance income guidelines are higher for pregnant women than for the general population. Many women may be eligible and not realize it. The staff at MFHS Circle of Care can help to complete the application.

Other accepted insurances include:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Unison
  • Ameri-Health Northeast
  • Gateway
  • Adult Basic

Once the baby is born, participants may be eligible for home visits through the Nurse Family Partnership Program, normal postpartum care is available and baby care will be reviewed. Mothers will also learn how to successfully breastfeed the baby. A return postpartum visit will be scheduled and referrals will be made for continuing care for baby and for personal gynecologic care.