Launched on January 1, 2003, LaMOMS is no-cost health coverage for any pregnant women, married or single, who fall into new expanded income guidelines.
Any pregnant woman, married or single, may apply for health coverage. Income limits are higher so working couples can make more money and still be eligible. We do not count resources such as bank accounts, cash on hand, cars or property.
Income limits increase each year on April 1.
You must fill out an application form. If needed, someone can assist you in completing the form. You can get an application form from the Medicaid office in the parish where you live, at any of the participating Medicaid Application Centers, from our Web site by clicking here, or by calling 1.888.342.6207. The application form with your information can be mailed to your local Medicaid office.
We will make a prompt decision and you will be notified no later than 45 days after we get your application.
Coverage can start as early as three months before the month we get your application (if you were pregnant during that time period). DON'T WAIT! Get the form to us as soon as you can.
LaMOMS is full coverage Medicaid. In addition to all other medically necessary health care needs, it will pay for pregnancy-related services, delivery and care up to 12 months after your pregnancy ends including doctor visits, lab work/tests, prescription medicines and hospital care.
You may use any doctor who is enrolled as a Medicaid provider.
To get a list of doctors, dentists or other medical service providers in your parish who take Medicaid, please visit our Provider Map page. This page will let you search for Medicaid services in your parish. If there is no doctor listed in your parish, try searching for doctors in your region or in the parishes around yours.
You can also call 1.877.455.9955 toll-free for a listing of specialists (including dentists) in your area who are enrolled and active in Medicaid programs.
It is important to remember that not all doctors who are active in the Medicaid program are taking new patients. Be sure to ask the doctor’s office if they are taking new Medicaid patients when you call to schedule an appointment. If you have private insurance in addition to LaMOMS, be sure to ask if your doctor accepts Medicaid as a "secondary" payer.
You may be eligible to be paid back for medical services received up to three months before you applied if:
You can have other insurance coverage in addition to LaMOMS. Your other insurance will pay first, and then Medicaid will cover the amount that is left, up to the Medicaid allowed amount.
There are NO enrollment fees, NO premiums, NO co-payments, and NO deductibles.
Applicants for Medicaid must:
Illegal aliens and legal aliens otherwise ineligible for Medicaid may be eligible for emergency services and/or emergency labor and delivery services.
Once enrolled, a pregnant woman will keep this coverage until 60 days after her pregnancy ends, regardless of income or household changes.
When your child is born, he or she will automatically be enrolled in LaCHIP, the no-cost health insurance program for children under 19.
If you need help to complete the application form or to get any of the needed proof, please call us toll-free at 1.888.342.6207. If you are hearing impaired, you may call the TTY number at 1.800.220.5404.