Fairfax County Maternity On-Line Medical Referral Services - MOMS

    
Frequently Asked Questions




1. Why is prenatal care important?
2. Who is Eligible?
3. Is this Medicaid? How do I qualify for Medicaid?
4. Who is considered immediate family?
5. What is Family Income?
6. What kind of proof of income do I need to have?
7. I am over the income scale, but I do not have health insurance coverage for prenatal care. What do I do?
8. What kind of proof of pregnancy do I need?
9. If my pregnancy is confirmed, when will I see a doctor?
10. I am over 20 weeks pregnant, am I still eligible?
11. I have been told that I have a "high risk" pregnancy, do I still qualify?
12. Is There a Fee?
13. Where are clinics located?
14. What can I expect when I visit a Fairfax County clinic?
15. What else do I need to bring to my financial eligibility appointment?




1. Why is prenatal care important?

Women who see a health care provider early and regularly during pregnancy have healthier babies, are less likely to delivery prematurely, and are less likely to have other serious problems related to pregnancy.

The Fairfax County Health Department through its safety-net medical program provides prenatal care through the sixth month of pregnancy. Last trimester care and delivery are provided by Fairfax Hospital.


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2. Who is Eligible?

Pregnant women who have no maternity insurance coverage and meet income guidelines and live in Fairfax County, Fairfax City, or the city of Falls Church.


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3. Is this Medicaid? How do I qualify for Medicaid?

This is not Medicaid; however we can connect you with the resources to assist you in applying for Medicaid. You should still contact us immediately to begin your prenatal care as approval for Medicaid assistance can take up to 45 days.

To apply for for Medicaid go to http://www.fairfaxcounty.gov/dfs/


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4. Who is considered immediate family?

A. A husband and wife and their minor dependents
B. A single person and his/her minor dependents
C. Persons who share their income with you or are currently supporting you
D. Unmarried Couples


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5. What is Family Income?

Income includes your income and your partner's or husband's income. If you have any questions about your income, please contact a MOMS-care representative.


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6. What kind of proof of income do I need to have?

Proof of income includes one of the following:

  • Three recent pay stubs
  • Most recent year's income tax return
  • Letter from employer


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7. I am over the income scale, but I do not have health insurance coverage for prenatal care. What do I do?

If you are over the income range shown, and you do not have insurance coverage you should still contact us, or complete the on-line eligibility form and a MOMS-care representative will contact you within one business day to connect you with the most appropriate service.


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8. What kind of proof of pregnancy do I need?

A positive home pregnancy test is a good start, but the test result will need to be confirmed by a doctor or a clinic. If you have had a positive home pregnancy test but this has not been confirmed by a doctor, please contact us so you can get an appointment for a pregnancy test as soon as possible or come to one of the 5 district offices during walk-in clinic hours for a pregnancy test. The Fairfax County Health Department clinic can provide pregnancy testing during our walk-in clinic hours. You may take a pregnancy test for a $6.00 fee.

Please mention to the nurse that you are applying on line for services so you can get an EXPRESS MATERNITY Appointment


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9. If my pregnancy is confirmed, when will I see a doctor?

If you are eligible for Fairfax County maternity services, and you have a confirmed positive pregnancy test, you will be scheduled in to maternity clinic services within 18 working days.


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10. I am over 20 weeks pregnant, am I still eligible?

Yes, depending on your family income and (type of) insurance coverage. If you are 20 to 24 weeks pregnant and you are eligible you should contact us immediately to assess you situation, or complete the on-line evaluation and someone will contact you within one business day.


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11. I have been told that I have a "high risk" pregnancy, do I still qualify?

If you have a "high risk" pregnancy, please contact us immediately. We will assess your situation and refer you to the most appropriate service.


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12. Is There a Fee?

Services are provided on a sliding fee scale, based on your family income. The maximum cost per doctor visit is $57 per doctor's visit. If you have any questions about fees, please contact a MOMS-care representative.


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13. Where are clinics located?

Falls Church
Herndon Reston
Mount Vernon
Springfield


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14. What can I expect when I visit a Fairfax County clinic?

Services provided at the Fairfax County Health Department clinics include:

  • Routine prenatal lab work
  • Prenatal vitamins and iron
  • Prenatal exams by a medical doctor
  • Education about pregnancy, labor, delivery and infant care
  • Referrals to community resources as needed
  • Referral to the Women, Infant and Children Program (WIC)– a supplemental FOOD program for you and children under five years of age

Click here to visit the Health Department web site for a full description of Health Department services


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15. What else do I need to bring to my financial eligibility appointment?

You will need to bring with you:

  • Proof of ID: driver's license, or any type of personal ID, birth certificate or passport.
  • Proof of Address: Any bill or document that you have received by mail at your home address.
  • Proof of your income or income from the person supporting you.


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Contact your MOMS Representative with questions click here

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