E.K. asks from Plano, TX on August 01, 2007
Medicaid for Pregnant Women
I was wondering if anyone knows about the medicaid program for pregnant women, regardless of their income. I have a friend who is looking into this, who is a college graduate-so doesn't have a full time job, and doesn't have insurance that covers pregnancy. I know a little about the program and have done some research for her, but I would like to know more to pass along to her. It's a new program, from what I know, and that not all doctors take this, but the hospitals do. Any info, web site you can pass along would be appreciated.
thank you for your input.
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Thank you all for passing along such great advice, knowledge - and your experience. I have passed along all this information to my friend to ease her mind. I know this can be a scary time for anyone who is pregnant and doesn't have the funds or insurance that covers pregnancy. Hopefully more doctors will accept this program in the future.
A.S. answers from Dallas on August 03, 2007
L.A. answers from Dallas on August 02, 2007
It seems there is ALOT of various information. I suppose it depends on the person/patient. I had Medicaid when I was pregnant, I was not employed either, full time. Medicaid pays EVERYTHING. ALL Rx, ALL Hospital, and if you go to a DR that takes Medicaid ALL of that is covered al well. Natalie mentioned they did not cover private rooms or RX's. They did for me and everyone else I have ever talked to about it. I had a private room and I was even in there for a full week after delivery, ALL covered. I also was sent home with pain meds, covered! Stay away from 'Medicaid Clinics' to see a DR. If you go to one of them you never see the same DR and you have to re-explain your condition EVERY time you go in. Just find a DR in your area that is taking Medicaid.
Once you fill out the application to apply for Medicaid it takes 4-6 weeks to get any results. Once on Medicaid you automatically qualify for WIC, get it! It is so helpful. Depending on income you may qualify for Food Stamps and may other goverment funded aids. When you go to DHHS They can guide you through everything.
N.H. answers from Dallas on August 01, 2007
Well you seem to already have alot of great advice but I figured I'll throw in a little more info.
Medicaid does pay for everything during a woman's pregnancy except for the hospital room she will recover in after having the baby.
I beleive they pay for a shared room but not private and we always preferred the private.
They cover the majority of prescriptions but NOT all. I had to pay for all of my pain meds after having the baby because it doesn't cover the pain meds.
She needs to get an application filled out ASAP becuase it does take 4 weeks for everything to be processed before she'll get a card to see the doctor.
She should be able to find an OB GYN at a hospital she'll deliver at. We went to Presby of Dallas where I got my OB care and delivered there and was NOT just a Medicaid Clinic.
I had excellent Prenatal care with both of my pregnancies and was also had prenatal care by Dr N. Light with my second pregnancy and she's great!
Feel free to PM me if you have any other questions I can answer for you.
I.H. answers from Dallas on August 02, 2007
A.D. answers from Dallas on August 08, 2007
I was on Medicaid for our second child. You have to keep up with the papaer work and sometimes you have to sit in the office for a long time and sometime you have to deal with the workers who place judgements on you that can make you feel awful about yourself. BUT, she will qualify and she is intitled to it. Take advantage they pay for everthing and I found an incrediable OBGYN who I am still able to use with our new insurance. Good Luck!
A.K. answers from Lubbock on August 01, 2007
I was on Medicaid with both of my children and they covered everything like the doctor visits, prescriptions, hospital stay, but they do NOT cover vision or dental (only if you are under 21). I asked them and they said no, because I had to go to the dentist and eye exam when I was pregnant and I called to make sure. I agree to go to the local DHS office and fill out a form.
The only catch is that you must go to a doctor that takes Medicaid and some of them do not accept any new patients. I know there is a doctor in Granbury (my doctor-OB/GYN) that takes Medicaid but the pediatrician doesnt take any new patients. In Oklahoma, you get to choose your doctor.
I see the other post said that they did not pay for some of their prescriptions or the hospital stay, but they paid for everything for me and my child. I never had to pay anything out of pocket and I went to very nice hospital and had a wonderful doctor.