February is International Prenatal Infection Prevention Month, a movement that promotes awareness of infections transmitted from mother to baby. According to National Association of County & City Health Officials, prenatal infection prevention is critical to ensure that mothers and babies survive and thrive.
Helping Michigan moms and moms-to-be thrive is the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP), Michigan’s largest evidence-based home visitation program for eligible Medicaid moms and infants up to age one. When you enroll in MIHP, a team of health professionals will work with you, your doctor, your health plan and providers in your community to make sure you receive the services you need to keep you and your baby healthy.
We want to highlight a few of the MIHP benefits you may not know about that help Michigan moms and their infants thrive.
Having unreliable transportation can mean missing important pre- and post-natal doctor visits, which is why Priority Health offers assistance getting to and from appointments to Priority Health Choice Medicaid and Healthy Michigan Plan members.
How to schedule a ride
Appointments for a ride can be scheduled up to two weeks in advance. Calls for a ride must be made at least three business days before your scheduled appointment. Call 888.975.8102 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday. Select option 2, enter your ID followed by #, then press 2 for transportation.
Make sure to be at the address you gave when making your appointment and be ready at the specified time. Be ready at least one hour before your pickup time.
How to cancel your ride
Please call 24 hours in advance at 888.975.8102 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday or 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
Priority Health is currently offering a new incentive for moms who participate in MIHP and attend their postpartum appointment. Members who qualify will receive two free bags of diapers delivered to their home and will become eligible for more diaper discounts with J&B using the Priority Health discount code. Here’s what you need to know:
How do I know if I’m eligible?
If you are a Priority Health Medicaid member who is enrolled and actively participating in the MIHP program and have attended your three-to-six-week postpartum appointment, you are fully eligible for the diaper incentive. The two-bag diaper package is absolutely free. You will not have to pay shipping costs either.
Who helps provide the diapers?
Priority Health partners with J&B Medical Supply to help provide these diaper packages to members. In order to make the overall process easier, J&B calls members personally to coordinate orders and deliveries. You may also receive a postcard if they don’t reach you via phone.
Michigan’s Tobacco Cessation Quitline
Smoking can cause harm to your growing baby, which is why it’s so important to quit if you are a current smoker. By quitting, you’re making sure your baby gets enough oxygen to grow and be healthy.
What is the Michigan Tobacco Quitline?
The Michigan Tobacco Quitline offers coaching over the phone, customized support materials, an online program, text messaging, email support and free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) for all Medicaid-qualified callers who are Priority Health members. All services are offered at no charge.
What do you say when you call the Michigan Tobacco Quitline?
Be sure to tell them that you are pregnant. The Quitline has created a special program just for pregnant women. You will receive up to nine calls during your pregnancy and postpartum. You can earn rewards after every call that you can use 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’re pregnant or plan to become pregnant soon, you should look into the benefits your health plan offers to keep you and your baby healthy. And if you’re eligible for the Maternal Infant Health Program (MIHP), be sure to remember these benefits so you can your baby can thrive.