Hello! I'm applying for medicaid (just have to get proof of pregnancy) for this pregnancy and was wondering if anyone else out there has experience with it. I'm slightly irritated already because my only choices for places that they accept proof from are my care provider (who I wasn't planning to see for another couple of weeks) or one of the pro-life emergency pregnancy places. I really don't want to set foot in or support those places in any way but I would like to get the ball rolling as I've heard medicaid can take a while to come through.
Using medicaid or experience with medicaid during pregnancy
I've had it for a while now... was actually hoping to get off it, but now that I have the surprise babe on the way, it looks like i'll be on it longer. It can take a while. However, they will back date it to either when pregnancy started or when you file your paperwork. I don't remember how it worked when starting up. The time it takes totally depends on where you live. I've lived i 3 different counties in Ohio and the one I'm currently in is proving to be the most annoying. However, since mine was a transfer it didn't take as long as others.
I do know regardless of when it's approved, they'll back date it from when paperwork is turned in. I think there is stuff written on that in the application packet.
I was on Medicaid for my first and will also be with this pregnancy. I actually had a great experience--I was able to use my midwife and the paperwork was processed relatively quickly. There's a low cost medical clinic here (NM) that does free pregnancy tests, and although it wasn't a very pleasant experience, it was quick and easy (and I didn't have to go to a pro-life place--sorry about that!)
Any reason you want to wait and see your care provider later and not right away?
I used medicaid for my second child and it was no big deal. We were in college and I had to have a repeat c-section. It cost me $11 for my entire pregnancy and birth :). It was fabulous when we didn't have any other option in college. This new baby we are going to have with insurance will cost us about $3,000.