The 30 week pregnancy limit is no longer an eligibility requirement to qualify for MCAP

Effective March 1, 2015, the Medi-Cal Access Program (MCAP) no longer has a 30 week pregnancy limit for MCAP applicants. Pregnant women can apply at any time during their pregnancy but must meet all other MCAP eligibility requirements in order to be determined eligible.

For additional information or questions on this program change, please call MCAP at 1-800-433-2611.

Finding A Doctor Through The AIM Program

We understand that many pregnant women that are a part of the AIM program are trying to find in-network providers that they feel comfortable with. Since your doctor is the person that will make sure that you and your baby stay healthy while you’re pregnant, this can be a very important choice!

To make this choice easier, we have a “Search for Providers” tool on our website. If you already know who you want your doctor to be and you just want some additional information about him or her (like the address, or what health plans she works with), you can search by name.

If you are new to an area or if you just aren’t sure what doctors are available to you, you can just tell us your language, zip code, and health plan and we’ll find doctors that meet your preferences.

You can even search by specialty! This means that you can find OB/GYNs or pediatricians or general doctors. We also have categories for internists and family practice doctors.

To find our search tool on the AIM website, click here.

Have you used the Search for Providers tool? What did you think of it? Did it help you find a doctor that you were comfortable with? You can send an email to AIMProgram@maximus.com. Remember that comments and email are not private. Do not write comments or send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

How Long Does AIM Coverage Last?

We often get questions about how long a woman can stay in the AIM program. Our coverage can reimburse some costs that you have before enrolling. Also, we will pay for pregnancy-related medical costs up to 60 days after the end of your pregnancy. After your pregnancy ends, you have 30 days to notify us.

Before you enroll in AIM

AIM can pay for up to $125 of medical costs that you have already paid for before you enrolled in AIM. You will have to show proof that these services are pregnancy-related and that they were needed. Some examples of services we might pay for are pregnancy testing, certificate of pregnancy, and prenatal visits. For more information about the proof you will need to provide and the types of services we will pay for, please call us.

After your baby is born

Once your baby is born, you should return the Infant Registration Form that AIM will mail to you. We use this form to check if your baby can be in the Healthy Families Program so that he or she will receive low-cost medical insurance in California. If you have any medical costs related to the birth of your baby up to 60 days after he or she is born, we will cover the costs.

If your pregnancy ends early

Remember that you will be removed from AIM if your pregnancy ends early. If your pregnancy ends before the start date for your AIM coverage, your coverage will be cancelled and we will send you a refund. If your pregnancy ends on or after the start date of your coverage, you still have to pay the cost of the AIM program, but we will provide coverage for up to 60 days after the end date.

Do you have additional questions about AIM coverage? Write a comment below or send an email to AIMProgram@maximus.com. Remember that comments and email are not private. Do not write comments or send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

Services available through AIM

We know that many women are interested in the services that AIM can provide for them and their infants. Although we offer many low cost health plan choices for mothers (look for an upcoming post on how to choose a health plan), we wanted to highlight a few in this post. You can always call us with questions about our services and you can visit our webpage that list the services that most health plans provide.

Visits to the doctor are a major part of the AIM benefits. Our plans cover consultations by healthcare providers, hospital visits, and visits to ear and eye doctors. We offer preventative care services too, like cancer screenings and diet assessments. As your pregnancy progresses, we offer pre-natal and post-natal care.

Additionally, many of our health plans provide expecting mothers with prescription drugs that they might need during their pregnancy, including insulin and insulin testing systems. Remember that not all health plans provide exactly the same services.

Do you have more questions about services that are provided? If you couldn’t find the answer to your questions on our services webpage, you can write a comment below or send an email to AIMProgram@maximus.com. Remember that comments and email are not private. Do not write comments or send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

What is Text4Baby?

If you follow us on Twitter, you have probably seen us posting some tweets about a program called “Text4Baby.” This is a free service that helps pregnant women get the information they need during their pregnancy.

Text4Baby provides free text messages that promote healthy behavior for moms and babies. The messages provide pregnant women with advice that helps them take care of their bodies so that they can have a good pregnancy and give birth to healthy children. The service will ask you for your due date so that it can give you advice to you based on the stage of your pregnancy. The texts continue until your baby is one year old.

There aren’t any charges for text messages from Text4Baby! Even if you don’t have a text messaging plan, you can get these messages for free. If you have limited texting per month, text4baby won’t take away from your total amount of messages. So far, over 135,000 women have signed up for the service.

To sign up, text the word BABY to 511411. You will have to enter your baby’s expected birth date and your zip code.
If you would like to receive the text message information and reminders in Spanish, text the word BEBE to 511411. You can find out what kind of information the service provides by going to their website.

Did we help you understand Text4Baby? Let us know if you’d like more information. If you’ve had a good experience with Text4Baby, share it with us and the other moms who read our blog! Write a comment below or send an email to AIMProgram@maximus.com. Remember that comments and email are not private. Do not write comments or send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

What can I use to prove my income?

Last week we wrote about the income guidelines for applying to AIM. Make sure you take a look at that post to find out if you are eligible to apply this year.

We get a lot of questions about providing proof of income when a woman is applying for AIM coverage, so we wanted to write about it this week. There are a number of ways to prove your income, but you don’t have use all of them when you apply. Remember that the income documentation we have below is not a complete list and we might ask you about other types of income when you apply for AIM.

We accept all of the following as proof of current income:

  • Paycheck stub or unemployment stub
  • Letter from your employer
  • Unearned Income Documents (like the amount of a disability payment or child support)
  • Medi-Cal Notice of Action (to show that you don’t qualify for Medi-Cal)

You can also apply using the previous year’s income if you have more documentation for that. When it comes to the previous year’s income, we accept the following as proof:

  • Federal Income Tax Return
  • Unearned Income Documents (like the amount of a disability payment or child support)

Remember that you need to provide us with proof from each source of income that you have. You can use your Federal tax form as proof. We can answer questions about to your income if you call us.

Do you have additional questions about what we accept for proof of income? Write a comment below or send an email to AIMProgram@maximus.com. Remember that comments and email are not private. Do not write comments or send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

Changes to Income Guidelines for Access for Infants and Mothers

When a pregnant woman applies for coverage from the AIM program, we use her monthly household income levels to see if she qualifies. But now, the income limits have changed!

If you have tried applying for AIM in the past but were denied because of your income, you should look at the new list of income levels below. Because the limits have changed, some women who did not qualify before will qualify now.

  • If you are a pregnant woman with no other children or family in your household, you must make between $2,453 and $3,679 in a month to sign up for AIM coverage.
  • If you are a pregnant woman with 1 other family member (children and husbands count!) in your household, your household income must be between $3090 and $4634 each month to sign up for AIM coverage.
  • If you are a pregnant woman with 2 other family members in your household, your household income must be between $3,726 and $5,589 to sign up for AIM coverage.
  • If you are a pregnant woman with 3 other family members in your household, your household income must be between $4,363 and $6,544 to sign up for AIM coverage.
  • If you are a pregnant woman with 4 other family members in your household, your household income must be between $5,000 to $7,499 to sign up for AIM coverage.

If your family is bigger than you and 4 other people, you can see the full chart on our website here. The information above might change, so make sure to check the website too. If you’d like more information or if you want to ask questions, you can call us at 1-800-443-2611, Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., or on Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Income guidelines for California AIM change every year in April, so all of the applications we receive after April 1st fall under the new guidelines. If you are curious about the different types of proof you can provide to show your monthly income, search “income” on the blog to find posts about that.

Let us know if this blog helped answer your questions! Write a comment below or send an email to AIMProgram@maximus.com. Remember that comments and email are not private. Do not write comments or send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

Why email isn’t private

You may have seen our warnings that say “Remember that email is not private. Do not send email with personal information in it such as your social security or account numbers.” We post these warnings at the end of every blog and on our Facebook page and Twitter updates.

We give that warning because we want to make sure you understand the privacy risks that exist any time you use email.

Our computer systems at AIM, such as the email AIMProgram@maximus.com, are very secure — and we have special software that protects us and you. But most personal email accounts are not protected the same way.

When you send us an email using your personal email account, it’s like sending an electronic postcard! Before the email reaches its destination, many people might see what you wrote.

Think of a postcard going through the mail system. Along the way, postal workers could read it if they wanted to. The same is true of email. When you send an email from a public computer or even your own computer, the email makes many stops on its electronic journey. It’s not private! Many people (network managers, security workers, hackers) could read it if they wanted. Most of them won’t read email, but every once in a while hackers get valuable information about people by doing just that.

So please don’t put anything private in an email to us or to anyone else; don’t send your Social Security Number, your Medi-Cal ID number, or anything you don’t want the whole world to see. AIM cannot guarantee the security of the transfer of your messages to our servers. Keep your personal information private.

We really want to hear what you think about our blogs, Facebook and Twitter pages. We want to know if people are reading them and learning from them! Write us an email to tell us what you think — just don’t include information that is private.

Please send suggestions, comments, questions or ideas. Please do not send anything about your health care or information such as your Social Security Number or date of birth.

We can answer any questions by email about the AIM program. But, if you have questions about your health plan, your doctor, payments or health care, call our call center.

Did this blog help to explain email security and protected health information to you? Let us know! Email us at AIMProgram@maximus.com. Remember that email is not private. Do not send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

Who can join AIM?

It’s easy to join AIM! California’s AIM (Access for Infants and Mothers) is for pregnant women who meet the income guidelines. The income of the parent or guardian of the applicant is not considered when deciding who can join AIM.

If you are an emancipated minor (someone who is legally separated from their parent(s), step-parent(s) or guardian(s) and not living with any of these family members) you can also qualify for AIM.

Remember: AIM is for middle-income women who don’t already have health insurance and whose income is too high to qualify for Medi-Cal. AIM is also for moms who have health insurance, but their deductible or co-pay for maternity care is more than $500.

We are happy to answer your questions at our call center. You can also find information on our website and on our Frequently Asked Questions.

Was this helpful to you? Send us an email and let us know at AIMprogram@maximus.com. Remember that email is not private. Do not send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

What is AIM?

California’s Access for Infants and Mothers (AIM) Program is low-cost health insurance for pregnant women. After birth, some newborns may be covered by our other program, the Healthy Families Program (HFP).

AIM is for middle-income families who don’t already have health insurance and whose income is too high to qualify for Medi-Cal.

AIM is also for moms who have health insurance, but the deductible or co-pay for maternity care is more than $500.

If you are covered by AIM during your pregnancy, your baby may qualify for Healthy Families (as long as the baby is not already covered by Medi-Cal or receives health insurance through someone’s job.)

If you have questions about AIM, please call our call center. You can also find answers on the AIM website. To get insurance through AIM, fill out our application and mail it back to us.

Was this helpful to you? Let us know by sending an email to healthyfamiliesblog@maximus.com. Remember that email is not private. Do not send email with personal information in it such as your Social Security or account numbers.

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