February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month. It is a time raising awareness of infections given from mother to baby. Infection prevention is critical to keep moms and babies healthy.
The Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) is a home visitation program for Medicaid moms and infants up to age one. It is Michigan’s largest evidence-based program. When you enroll in MIHP, a team helps you receive the services needed to keep you and your baby healthy. They work with you, your doctor, and your health plan. The program has many benefits. Here are some you might not know about.
Unreliable transportation can mean missing important doctor visits. Priority Health offers rides for appointments to Priority Health Choice Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan members. Many other plans offer help too. Talk to your health plan to see what help is available.
How to schedule a ride: Appointments can be made two weeks in advance. Calls for a ride must be made at least three business days before the appointment. This does not include the day you call, weekends, or holidays. Call 888.975.8102 to schedule a ride. You can call from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
Be ready to provide the date, time, and address of your appointment when making your ride. Be prepared an hour before your appointment time on the day of your ride.
How to cancel a ride: Call 888.975.8102 24 hours before the appointment. You can call from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. There is a voicemail for messages after hours.
Priority Health offers a perk for moms who participate in MIHP and attend their postpartum appointment. They get two free bags of diapers delivered to their home. They can also get more diaper discounts.
How do I know if I am eligible? You are eligible if you:
- Are a Priority Health Medicaid member enrolled in the MIHP program.
- Attended your three-to-six-week postpartum appointment.
The two-bag diaper package is free. You will not have to pay shipping costs. Other insurers offer help too. Talk to your health plan to see what help is available.
Who helps provide the diapers? Priority Health works with J&B Medical Supply to give diapers. Priority Health calls to confirm your information. J & B fills the diaper order.
Michigan’s Tobacco Cessation Quitline
Smoking harms your baby. It is important to quit if you are a smoker. This helps your baby get enough oxygen to grow and be healthy.
What is the Michigan Tobacco Quitline? The Quitline has resources to help you quit smoking. These include coaching, an online program, and more. This is available for all Medicaid-qualified callers who are Priority Health members. All services are free. Not a Priority Health member? Check with your health plan to see what they offer.
What do you say when you call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline? Tell them you are pregnant. There is a special program for pregnant women. You will receive calls during your pregnancy and postpartum. You can earn rewards after every call. These can be used to buy things for you and your baby.
What’s the Michigan Tobacco Quitline number? 1-800-QUIT-NOW or 1-800-784-8669.
If you are pregnant or plan to be soon, find out the benefits your health plan offers. Enroll in the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP) if you are able. These resources will help keep you and your baby healthy.
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