Healthy Beginnings Plus
Healthy Beginnings Plus is Pennsylvania's effort to assist low-income, pregnant women who are eligible for Medical Assistance (MA) in having a positive prenatal care experience. Healthy Beginnings Plus (HBP) expands maternity services that can be reimbursed by the MA Program. The intent of Healthy Beginnings Plus is to render services that meet women's psychosocial needs in addition to rendering traditional medical/obstetric services. Federal legislation permits Pennsylvania to extend MA eligibility to pregnant women with family incomes up to 185 percent of federal poverty guidelines. Pregnant clients may elect to participate in Healthy Beginnings Plus or receive their prenatal care in the traditional MA system.
If you are a consumer, please note that the Healthy Beginnings Plus Program is part of MA and there is no special application to qualify for this program.
To enroll in this program you must:
- Be determined eligible for Medical Assistance
- Be pregnant
- Receive maternity services from one of the Healthy Beginnings Plus enrolled providers
If you wish to apply for Medical Assistance please click on this link:
If you are a fee-for-service provider and would like additional information concerning the HBP Program or have questions regarding the program, please email: Bjudy@pa.gov.