You are not alone

Many agencies are willing to help you to carry your child to term, and to assist after your child's birth. This includes access to health care services for mother and baby, supplies, healthy food items, nutrition education and in-home support.

Health care

The Louisiana Medicaid Program provides medical benefits to low-income individuals and families. You may qualify for Medicaid if you receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI) from the Social Security Administration (SSA), or if you get financial help through the Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP). 

LaCHIP is a health insurance program designed to bring quality health care to currently uninsured children and youth up to the age of 19 in Louisiana. LaCHIP provides Medicaid coverage for doctor visits for primary care as well as preventive and emergency care, immunizations, prescription medications, hospitalization, home health care and many other health services. LaCHIP applications can be obtained by calling the LaCHIP Hotline at 1-877-2LaCHIP (252-2447) or at any of the more than 400 Medicaid application centers throughout the state. Applications are also available at WIC offices, school-based health clinics, community health centers, community action agencies and other locations throughout the state. You can also access the application online or download and print a copy by clicking here.

The LaCHIP Affordable Plan is a new LaCHIP health insurance program for uninsured children in moderate income families whose income is too much to qualify for regular LaCHIP but whose gross income is below 250 percent of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL). The regular LaCHIP only covers uninsured children in families with countable income up to 200 percent of the FPL. For more information on the LaCHIP Affordable Plan, click here.

LaMOMS is no-cost health coverage for any pregnant women, married or single, who fall into new expanded income guidelines. 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. If needed, someone can assist you in completing the form. 

LaHIPP stands for Louisiana Health Insurance Premium Payment and is a part of Louisiana Medicaid. nsurance premiums for insurance available through your job, if that is more cost effective than letting you/your relative remain on Medicaid. Learn more.

Nutrition Assistance and Financial Support

The Child Care Assistance Program helps low-income families pay for child care while working or attending school or training. Monthly payments are based on the number of hours the parents work or attend school or training, as well as the amount charged by the child care provider, family size and household income.  To find out if you qualify or to apply, click here.

The Family Independence Temporary Assistance Program (FITAP) provides cash assistance to families with children when the financial resources of the family are insufficient to meet subsistence needs.

Food banks distribute free food to those in need.  To find a food bank in your area, click here.

The Kinship Care Subsidy Program (KCSP) provides cash assistance for eligible children who reside with qualified relatives other than parents. To find out if you qualify or to apply, click here.

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) provides monthly benefits that help eligible low-income households buy the food they need for good health. To find out if you qualify or to apply, click here.

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program provides food, nutrition counseling and referrals to health and other social services at no charge. It serves low-Income pregnant, postpartum and breastfeeding women, and infants and children up to age 5. The Louisiana WIC Breast Pump Program offers three types of breast pumps for certified breastfeeding women participants. To find a WIC site in your area, click here.