Healthy Beginnings For You and Your Baby

Pregnant and Need Medical Assistance in Pennsylvania?

Expectant women who receive regular prenatal care experience a lower risk of premature birth and deliver healthier babies. Prenatal care includes regular exams to ensure your baby is developing normally, education on pregnancy and childbirth, counseling, and support.

If you are a pregnant woman without insurance and with limited financial means, you may be searching for options. The health of your baby should not depend on your financial situation. That is why the state of Pennsylvania created the Healthy Beginnings Plus program to assist pregnant women who are income eligible for medical assistance in receiving the prenatal resources they need and deserve.

Medicaid for Pregnant Women

Healthy Beginnings Plus is a benefit offered by the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance program, also known as Medicaid, designed to help you give your baby the best start in life.

In addition to prenatal medical care, the program provides educational programs, social services, and additional resources. Program participants receive free diapers if doing home visits.

To participate in the Healthy Beginnings Plus program you must be pregnant, eligible for medical assistance in Pennsylvania, and participate with a Healthy Beginnings Plus enrolled provider. Coverage continues for 60 days after the birth of your baby.

You can apply for Pennsylvania Medical Assistance Program benefits, which includes Healthy Beginnings Plus, on the COMPASS website or by calling the HELPLINE at 1-800-692-7462.

Healthy Beginnings Plus Services

Penn Highlands Life's Journey OB/GYN are proud to be a part of the Healthy Beginnings Plus program. With decades of OB/GYN experience, we look forward to serving you with compassion, respect, and the highest standard of care.

Healthy Beginnings Plus services include but are not limited to:

  • Personal support from a Life's Journey Ob/GYN Nurse Care Coordinator
  • Nutrition counseling
  • Childbirth classes
  • Help to quit smoking
  • In home visits
  • Free diapers with home visits