Department of Human Services
Families First Online Policy Manual
PREGNANT WOMAN ONLY CASES
A Families First assistance unit may consist of a pregnant woman only when:
∑ There are no living eligible children in the home.
∑ It is medically verified that the woman is at least in her sixth month of pregnancy.
∑ The woman and child (if born) would meet all other eligibility criteria (i.e., the unborn is deprived of parental support, etc.).
∑ The pregnant woman is not a minor whose parent is in the home and is receiving Families First for the pregnant minorís sibling(s).
The pregnant woman must have a Personal Responsibility Plan, including a work activity unless exempt.† Pregnancy does not exempt the woman from work; however, conditions associated with her pregnancy may cause a temporary incapacity which would exempt her from work.
The pregnancy must be verified by:
∑ A statement of a licensed physician or osteopath.
∑ A statement by medical personnel in a public health clinic or an in-patient hospital clinic.
The verification must include:
∑ Verification of pregnancy.
∑ Estimated date of conception.
∑ The current estimated month of pregnancy.
∑ The signature of the person who provided the verification including the name, and/or location of the clinic, doctorís office, etc.
The eligibility and case management system record should contain documentation and verification of the pregnancy and the anticipated day of birth.
∑ Authorize a medical examination for any woman who cannot secure verification of her pregnancy.
∑ If the woman is receiving Medicaid as a pregnant woman, she must complete an application for Families First as she approaches the 6th month of pregnancy.
∑ Complete the Personal Responsibility Plan, including the work activity, at the time of the application for cash benefits.
∑ If eligible, authorize the benefits for a one-person-only cash payment.
∑ Terminate Families First if the pregnant woman aborts, miscarries, surrenders the child for adoption, or if the child is placed in foster care when born.