Pregnant women in Texas have access to a range of health coverage options, including Medicaid and CHIP Perinatal. Medicaid is a joint federal and state health coverage program that provides health care to low-income families with little or no health insurance. Through their services, pregnant women may be eligible for prenatal and postpartum care (up to 60 days). Health care costs are covered as long as care is received from a Medicaid provider.
For any uninsured pregnant woman who doesn't qualify for Medicaid, Perinatal CHIP is another viable option. It offers prenatal visits and labor, labor and postpartum care. In addition to health coverage, pregnant women in Texas can also benefit from eating fish. Fish has many health benefits, and pregnant women can continue to consume most types of fish.
Enjoy eating up to 12 ounces a week (about 2 to 3 meals) of low-mercury fish, such as shrimp, canned white tuna, salmon and catfish. Limit yellowfin tuna and tuna fillet to no more than 6 ounces per week. For more information about the benefits available to pregnant women in Texas, visit the Texas Health and Human Services website.