Moms & Babies

Health care coverage, including birth control, for people who are pregnant.

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What is Moms & Babies coverage?

Moms & Babies is a public health insurance program that provides people who are pregnant with comprehensive health care coverage at no cost. The program is available throughout pregnancy and for 12 months after the end of the pregnancy, regardless of the pregnancy outcome (birth, pregnancy loss, or abortion).

Am I eligible to get Moms & Babies coverage?

You do NOT have to be a certain age or be a U.S. citizen to qualify for Moms & Babies coverage.

To be eligible for Moms & Babies coverage in Illinois, you MUST:

  • Be pregnant at the time you apply
  • Have a certain yearly household income
  • Have a physical mailing address in Illinois (cannot be a P.O. box)

What can I get with Moms & Babies coverage?

With Moms & Babies coverage you can get:

  • Birth control at no cost to you (post-pregnancy)
  • Health care visits at no cost to you
  • Prescriptions at no cost to you
  • Health care coverage for your baby at no cost to you

How long does it take to get Moms & Babies coverage?

Your Moms & Babies application may take time to be reviewed. That’s why Illinois also offers Medical Presumptive Eligibility (MPE) coverage to pregnant people.

With MPE, you get immediate, temporary coverage and health care that you can use right away while your Moms & Babies application is reviewed. MPE has the same requirements (pregnancy and a certain yearly household income) as Moms & Babies. You can apply for MPE when you apply for Moms & Babies.

How do I apply for Moms & Babies coverage?

You can apply for Moms & Babies and MPE coverage online, on the phone, or in person.

To apply in person, book a health care visit with an MPE provider who can enroll you in Moms & Babies. If you qualify, MPE coverage will allow you to get health care services starting the day you submit your application.

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