What is the MPE Program of the Illinois Dept. of Healthcare & Family Services?

Pregnant women of Illinois have a lot to celebrate. The Medicaid Presumptive Eligibility (MPE) is a program that covers any emergency or temporary incidents for pregnant women. This even covers outpatient health care. This includes check-ups, lab tests, prenatal care, eye or dental care and many other services. If there is a substance abuse issue, the MPE program covers services related to this as well.


The best part about this coverage is the no-payments or premiums aspect of the MPE program. However, to be eligible for the program, you need to meet the income requirements.


The most important aspect of the MPE program is that you do not have to have a social security number or be a citizen of the United States to be eligible for this fantastic program for pregnant women. You just have to find an MPE provider and state your household income to be eligible. You can ask your doctor or a nurse at the clinic to help you find an MPE provider where you live.


When you meet the income requirement, you are eligible for the program immediately. You will need to apply for the Moms & Babies at the same time because this program covers the pregnancy, the delivery, and up to 60 days after the baby is born. Similar to MPE, you don’t need a social security number or be a citizen to be eligible.


While you wait for the Moms & Babies application to be approved, the MPE can cover you from the day you sign the application. You can expect a written notice.


Both these programs help women provide a good and healthy start for their babies.



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