Health coverage protects moms and babies during Immunization Awareness Month
National Immunization Awareness Month in August reminds us it is important to get vaccinated at every age, and shots aren’t just about back-to-school checkups. This week, August 7 to 13, focuses on vaccinations that are important during pregnancy.
Having health insurance helps expectant mothers get the vaccinations and other medical care needed for both mom and baby, and plans cover many immunizations and other preventive care at no cost.
According to the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), vaccinations for flu and pertussis (whooping cough) should be administered during pregnancy to provide protection not only for mom, but also for baby for a few months after birth. Learn more here about vaccines recommended by the CDC before, during and after pregnancy.
All plans through Maryland Health Connection and Medicaid also cover pregnancy and childbirth (which include services provided before and after your child is born). This is true even if your pregnancy begins before your coverage takes effect. Learn more here about coverage for women who are pregnant or plan to get pregnant.
If you’re pregnant or have recently had a baby, don’t wait to apply for coverage through Maryland Health Connection.
If you’ve recently had a baby, you can enroll yourself and baby for up to 60 days after birth or adoption, with coverage effective back to the date of the birth or adoption.
If you become pregnant, you should apply for coverage through Maryland Health Connection or update your application as soon as possible, because this change may make you eligible for Medicaid. You can apply for Medicaid at any point during your pregnancy.
Preventive care during pregnancy is covered by your health plan.
- Anemia screening on a routine basis
- Breastfeeding comprehensive support and counseling from trained providers, and access to breastfeeding supplies, for pregnant and nursing women
- Folic acid supplements for women who may become pregnant
- Gestational diabetes screening for women 24 to 28 weeks pregnant and those at high risk of developing gestational diabetes
- Gonorrhea screening for all women at higher risk
- Hepatitis B screening for pregnant women at their first prenatal visit
- Rh Incompatibility screening for all pregnant women and follow-up testing for women at higher risk
- Syphilis screening
- Expanded tobacco intervention and counseling for pregnant tobacco users
- Urinary tract or other infection screening
About Maryland Health Connection
Maryland Health Connection is Maryland’s official health insurance marketplace for individuals and families to compare plans and enroll in health and dental coverage. It’s the only place to get financial help with health insurance. See if you qualify for financial help like tax credits or Medicaid/MCHP to make health insurance more affordable.