Call your caseworker at the state as soon as you can if you have a baby. Your caseworker will add your baby to your case. This starts the process of signing your baby up for healthcare services. Call your caseworker to change your records if your name changes.
Your baby is covered by HAP Empowered Health Plan at the time of birth for 30 days. You can also choose HAP Empowered as your baby’s plan following that time. Call us and tell us when you give birth.
We will give your baby an ID card if you call us and give us information on:
- The day you gave birth
- Your baby’s name
- Your baby’s Medicaid ID number that you get from your caseworker
Call HAP Empowered Customer Service at (888) 654-2200 if you need help choosing a doctor for your baby.
Your baby should see the doctor one to two weeks after birth or sometimes sooner.
And you will need postpartum care after your baby is born. You should see your doctor three to six weeks after your baby is born to check on your recovery. At this visit, your doctor will:
- Help you choose the best birth control
- Help you find a Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program near you. You may be able to get free formula, milk and food from WIC. Talk to your doctor or local health department about these services
- He or she will ask how you’re feeling physically and emotionally, and address any questions or concerns you may have.
Look for signs of postpartum depression. If you think you need help managing your symptoms, contact your doctor or HAP Empowered at [email protected] for options.
Children change a lot as they grow. They should see their pediatrician to check their growth, even if they are healthy. This is known as a well-child visit. Well-child visits are a good time for you to ask questions about your child’s health and how it can be better.
Each well-child visit includes:
- Health history
- Physical exam
- Shots (if needed)
- Height, weight and BMI monitoring
- Developmental assessment
- Information on things like nutrition and physical activity to keep your child healthy
Babies from birth through 15 months need at least six well-child visits. These visits often are at these ages:
- 3-5 days
- 2 months
- 9 months
- 2 weeks
- 4 months
- 12 months
- 1 month
- 6 months
- 15 months
Children can see a pediatrician for routine preventative care and well-child visits without a referral. Children up to three years old are recommended to have a developmental screening done with their pediatrician once a year.
It’s also important for your child to get a blood lead test before age two. Lead poisoning can happen even if you do not live in an older home. Lead can be found in playgrounds and other toys. Have your child tested for lead poisoning.