Research shows that women who do not receive prenatal care are three times more likely to have low birth weight (less than 5 ½ pounds) babies. Some of the reasons why pregnant women delay the needed prenatal care include the inability to afford medical care or health insurance, problems understanding the Medicaid process, or even lack of available medical services.
A Cobb & Douglas Public Health, we offer several programs to help reduce those barriers, increasing the accessibility to prenatal care. We help women get started — early — with the care and guidance needed for a healthy pregnancy.
Prenatal Screening & Referral
- Clients assessed and screened for services to determine how we can best meet their needs during pregnancy
- Clients assessed for the appropriate documents to apply for Pregnancy Medicaid
- Referrals for pregnancy testing
- Provide reservations for Pregnancy Medicaid
- Referrals for Green Plans services
- Walk-in service
- Cost $20 or sliding fee if Family Planning patient
- Bring proof of income and ID required for Family Planning patients
- Provides medical documentation of pregnancy if test is positive
- Prenatal counseling and referral follow-up pregnancy services
Pregnancy (Presumptive) Medicaid
- This type of Medicaid provides financial assistance for prenatal care, delivery and hospitalization and 60 days after delivery to prenatal women who meet the eligibility criteria based on their citizenship status and income requirement that does not exceed 200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- A medical proof of pregnancy no less than 30 days old, signed by a medical provider is required to process the Medicaid application.
- We do not accept ultrasound pictures, stand alone lab tests, or home pregnancy tests as proof of pregnancy.
Perinatal Case Management
- Must be Medicaid eligible
- Short visit with the nurse who provides counseling on pregnancy, resources and referrals to public and community programs such as WIC
- Assist clients with Medicaid problems and concerns
- Physician referrals for medically high-risk clients
- Prescription for Prenatal Vitamins
- WIC and Dental referrals
- Tobacco Counseling and referral
- Children’s First referrals
Green Plan Services
- The prenatal service is for pregnant women who are not eligible for Medicaid because of their citizenship status and/or income exceeding between 200% and 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines.
- Clients who are referred to our Green Plan program are expected to pay a minimal fee for prenatal services.
- CDPH contracts with certain OB doctors within Cobb and Douglas counties to provide prenatal services at a reduced rate.
- Green Plan services are limited and cover routine prenatal visits and some lab work. The client applies for Emergency Medicaid when she delivers her baby.
Call 770-514-2471 (English) or 770-514-2367 (Spanish) for more information or come by the Marietta Health Department for prenatal screenings. Bring your proof of pregnancy, if you have one, and your supporting documents. Print out these forms and complete at home.
To expedite your next visit, please print and fill out the following forms before you arrive (if applicable):
Perinatal Case Management FAQs
What kind of documentation do I need to apply for Pregnancy Medicaid?
Proof of pregnancy is a required document to process your Pregnancy Medicaid. In addition, a picture ID, proof of family income, and birth certificate or U.S. passport are other documents that help in the processing of your Medicaid application.
What is considered proof of pregnancy?
Proof of pregnancy is a statement of pregnancy usually provided by a health or medical facility like a hospital, doctor’s office, health department, or pregnancy center. When applying for Medicaid, your statement of pregnancy must be no older than 30 days from the time you apply. It must have your name, statement of pregnancy, and a medical signature by a doctor or nurse. Your prenatal records or an Emergency Room discharge summary can also serve as proof of pregnancy.
How long will it take to process my Medicaid application for pregnancy through the health department?
Generally, the Medicaid application process for pregnancy is faster through the health department than an application placed at DFCS or online. At the time your application is processed, you will know whether you are eligible for Medicaid or not. If you are eligible for Medicaid, you can get started with prenatal care as soon as you leave the health department.
What is the best way for me to get started with Medicaid so I can start my prenatal care?
In Marietta, we recommend you drop by the health department for prenatal screening. If you have proof of pregnancy, bring this with you. If you do not have one, we will advise you on how to get one.
What documents do I need to bring with me to apply for Medicaid?
Your proof of pregnancy is the only required document to begin the Medicaid process. Other supporting documents needed are identification, birth certificate, U.S. passport, or permanent residency card and proof of income if you are working.
Can you help me if I don’t have a doctor?
Yes, through our Perinatal Case Management program our staff will provide you with information to help you get started with prenatal care.
Do I need an appointment or reservations to be seen?
It is best for you to drop by the Marietta Health department for a prenatal screening. We may be able to process your Pregnancy Medicaid if slots are available. If we cannot process your application at the time of the screening, we will give you a reservation for another day to finish the Medicaid process. We recommend coming in early in the morning for prenatal screening.
How long is the waiting time?
Waiting times can be 1 to 3 hours. Clients are seen on a first come, first serve basis. Clients with reservations are given priority over walk-ins.