Eligibility Online Manual
M1202C Pregnant By Choice
Purpose: This section will assist in determining eligibility for Pregnant By Choice.
Current Policy Effective Date: July 1, 2023
Date Last Reviewed: June 28, 2023
Previous Policy: January 1, 2014
POL M1202C: DETERMINING ELIGIBILITY FOR PREGNANT BY CHOICE
1. Applicants Must Be Transitioning From The Pregnant Women Program
Eligibility is determined in the 12 month postpartum period.
2. Applicants Must Not Be Eligible For Another Medicaid Program
3. Applicants Must Elect To Participate
Applicants are required to complete the Pregnant By Choice Questionnaire form in addition to the renewal form or Health Coverage Application.
4. Applicants Must Not Have Health Insurance
5. Applicants Must Not Have Undergone A Procedure To Permanently Prevent Pregnancy
6. Applicant Must Not Be Pregnant
7. Applicants Must Meet Basic Eligibility Factors
Refer to Section M600 for a description of all basic eligibility factors.
8. Applicants Must Meet Age Requirements
Applicants must be age 19 through age 44.
9. Applicants Must Meet Income Requirements
10. Applicants Do Not Have Resource Test
11. Applicants May Not Receive Retroactive Benefits
12. Applicants May Have Eligibility For 12 Continuous Months
Eligibility continues for 12 months from the effective date of eligibility or for 12 months from the last periodic review.
13. Benefits Begin First Month Following End Of 12 month Postpartum Period
14. Clients Must Be Reviewed
Clients must be reviewed every 12 months to determine continued eligibility. Refer to Section M1403 for information on reviewing eligibility.
15. Clients May Lose Benefits
The case will close on the first day of the next month when any of the following occur:
Client does not complete review.
Client turns age 45.
Client enters a public institution, excluding the Geriatric Hall at the State Hospital in Evanston.
Client moves out of state.
Client determined no longer eligible.
Client’s 12-month period ends and is no longer eligible.
Defining Group: Section 1115(a) of the Social Security Act
1. Pregnant By Choice extends family planning options to women who would typically lose their Medicaid benefits after the 12 month postpartum period.
Send a 15-Day closure notice when an adverse action has occurred.