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Learning you are going to be a mother may be exciting and a bit scary. We want to help make sure your baby enters the world healthy.  If you already are covered by Kentucky Medicaid 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) to let it know you are pregnant. Most offer special programs for expecting moms and their babies.

If you are not enrolled in Medicaid you still may be eligible for some pregnancy-related services through Presumptive Eligibility (PE).  PE allows pregnant women who have not applied yet for a medical card to receive temporary coverage for prenatal care (fewer than 60 days from the day you receive your PE card).  Your healthcare provider can arrange for PE coverage during an office visit.  


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 all will be covered.  Make sure you present your Medicaid ID card at all healthcare appointments.

Under the heading Resources and Additional Programs below is information about some important programs designed to help you and your baby. Please learn more about these programs and consider participating.

Don't forget to notify your MCO that you are expecting. Most offer other specials programs for moms and their babies. 

Resources and Additional Programs

  • HANDS is a home visiting program for pregnant moms-to-be and new parents that supports all areas of your baby’s development. HANDS can answer all your questions during all stages of your baby’s growth. You must enroll in HANDS during your pregnancy or before your baby is three months old. Contact your local health department for more information about HANDS. 
  • First Steps is a statewide early intervention system that provides services to children with developmental disabilities from birth to age 3 and their families. 
  • New Mouth Pediatric Dentistry
  • WIC Is a food assistance program for women who are pregnant or recently had a baby, are breastfeeding and their children younger than 5. Contact your local health department for more information about WIC.

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