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What to Do If You Are Pregnant

 

Woman looking at a calendar.Congratulations! Pregnancy can be a magical time for moms-to-be. It is also an important time for your baby’s health. At Georgia Families we want you and your baby to be happy and healthy, and we want to make sure you get pregnancy care right from the start.

If you are already on Medicaid and a member of Georgia Families when you find out you are pregnant, ask your doctor how to take care of yourself and your baby, and how often to come for pregnancy (prenatal) care.

If you are new to our program and you want to keep seeing the doctor you have now during pregnancy, ask your doctor which health plan you should join. Remember that when you join a health plan, you are choosing a group of doctors and clinics. Your doctor has to work with the health plan you join if you want to keeping seeing him or her.

The sooner you go to a doctor after you find out you’re pregnant, the better chance you have of staying healthy and having a healthy baby. Call our call center if you have questions or if you need help joining the right health plan for you.

Some health plans even offer extra benefits for expectant moms! Some of them are:

  • Special programs like community baby showers
  • Reward cards and incentive programs
  • Discounts for vitamins
  • Baby items like free strollers
  • Breast pumps for nursing

Make sure you are taking advantage of every health care benefit, so that you and your baby get the best possible start. Talk to your doctor or call our call center as soon as you find out you are expecting! You can also find some answers on our Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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  1. Tasha

    I am currently 5 1/2 months pregnant. My current ob/gyn does not accept Medicaid nor Medicaid Care Management Organizations such as Peachstate. I do not want to switch doctors so far into my pregnancy so I would not be able to take advantage of my prenatal care with Peachstate. Once I have the baby will he still be automatically added to my healthcare plan? Do I fill out additional forms for my new arrival beforehand? Should I contact you to inform you of his arrival?

    1. GA Moderator

      You will definitely need to find a doctor that accepts your health plan. If you need help finding an OB/GYN, please contact Peach State Health Plan immediately. Their contact information is listed below:

      Peach State Health Plan
      1-800-704-1484 (http://www.pshpgeorgia.com)

      In addition, you will complete a Medicaid application in the hospital as soon as your child is born. Once Medicaid processes this application and deems your child eligible, they will send us your newborn’s information. Once we receive your child’s information in our system, the child will then be automatically placed into your current health plan. You will then have 90-days from the child’s date of birth to transfer health plans, one time, if you choose to.

      Should you have any additional questions or concerns about our program, please contact the Georgia Families Enrollment Center at 1-888-GA-ENROLL (1-888-423-6765) or visit our website again at http://www.georgia-families.com.

  2. Krista

    I have just been approved for Medicaid and I am in the process of enrolling in a health plan. I am pregnant. Do I list my OB doctor as my PCP on my enrollment form? If so, after the baby is delivered do I choose a Family Practitioner or Internal Medicine doctor as my PCP? I understand I will be not be able to enroll my baby until after the birth? Is this correct?

    1. GA Moderator

      Congratulations!

      Once you select the health plan that is best for you and your new baby, you should complete your enrollment form with your primary care physician’s information. Your PCP will then refer you to all specialists, such as an OB/GYN.

      When your baby is born, the child will automatically be enrolled into your (the baby’s mother’s) health plan starting on the baby’s date of birth. You will then have 90 days from the baby’s date of birth to make a one-time change if you choose to. But on the 91st day, if no changes are made, your child will stay in that health plan until the next year.

      Here at Georgia Families we want you and your baby to remain happy and healthy. Thus, if you have any more questions about the newborn process, please contact us as soon as possible. Our Enrollment Counselors can be reached at 1-888-GA-Enroll (1-888-423-6765), Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., (TDD: 1-877-889-4424). Or, visit our website again at http://www.georgia-families.com.

      Thank you!

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