The goal of the Healthy Start MomCare program is to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality rates through prenatal care counseling services for women who are eligible for Medicaid due to their pregnancy status. Participants receive guidance selecting a prenatal care provider, assistance scheduling an initial prenatal visit and information about other programs for which they may be eligible. If you are pregnant, you may be eligible for this program and Medicaid coverage. To see if you are eligible, review the information and documents provided below. You can apply for the program if your family meets these guidelines, even if you or other family members are working. MomCare is sponsored by the Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) through Healthy Start MomCare Network Administration and is managed locally by the Broward Healthy Start Coalition.
Medicaid Application Options
Regular Medicaid for Pregnant Women – Full Medicaid coverage during the pregnancy is available at no cost to women who qualify. All pregnant women who are U.S. citizens or legal residents for five years or more who meet the income guidelines may be eligible. Coverage extends through delivery and two postpartum months and the baby will be Medicaid eligible for the first year of life at no cost to the family.
Presumptive Eligibility for Pregnant Women (PEPW) – Undocumented, non-citizens, or women in a non-qualifying immigration status may be eligible for temporary, outpatient Medicaid coverage for up to two months to help cover a portion of their prenatal care. Alien status is not a factor of eligibility. PEPW covers prenatal care only and does not cover the birth of the baby.
Medicaid Application Instructions
It is best to apply online at http://www.myflorida.com/accessflorida/. For a list of Medicaid application locations and detailed instructions on how to apply for Medicaid during the pregnancy, click here.
For a list of documents required for full pregnancy Medicaid approval, click here. Proof of a positive pregnancy test by a healthcare provider is no longer required but if you would like to receive a free or low cost pregnancy test, click here to view a list of locations available throughout the community.
Please contact the MomCare Program at (954) 567-7174, Monday through Friday if you need more information or assistance. The team serves our community in multiple languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Creole, and French.