What if the hospital sends me a bill?

If the hospital sends you a bill from when you gave birth, call the hospital immediately to tell them that you need to apply for Medi-Cal to pay for the delivery. They may have people to help you apply.

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What if I cannot deal with the baby after she’s born?

If you cannot deal with or do not want to keep the baby, you can

  • drop the baby off at a safe place, called Safe Surrender Site (you must do this within three days of the child’s birth)
  • arrange for the baby to be adopted. For more information, see Adoption.

What is Safe Surrender?

If you feel like you cannot keep your newborn baby, you can drop it off at a safe surrender site.  If you drop the baby off at a safe surrender site:

  • no one will ask you questions
  • you do not have to give your name or any other information
  • everything you say will be kept a secret
  • the baby will be safe and cared for

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What is mental health counseling?

Mental health counseling involves speaking with therapists (or counselors), who are people who are trained to listen to and help a person work through problems or questions he or she may have in life.  People choose to talk to a therapist for a lot of reasons.

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What is Presumptive Eligibility Medi-Cal?

Presumptive Eligibility Medi-Cal provides immediate, temporary coverage for prenatal care to:

  • Any pregnant woman or teen who lives California
  • Meets the income guidelines (income below 200% of FPL)
  • Has no health insurance or lacks coverage for prenatal care.

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What is Full Scope Medi-Cal?

Full Scope Medi-Cal provides health care services to low-income individuals, including:

  • Children (under 18)
  • Children in foster care and former foster youth up to age 26
  • Pregnant women
  • Blind or Disabled people
  • People 65 and over
  • People who get CalWORKs (AFDC) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) get Medi-Cal automatically

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What is Pregnancy Only Medi-Cal?

Pregnancy Only Medi-Cal is available for people who

  • are pregnant
  • are 21 years old
  • have a family income below 200% of the Federal Poverty Line
  • and do not qualify for Full-Scope Medi-Cal

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What is Family PACT?

Family PACT provides no-cost family planning services to:

  • Low-income men and women, including teens.
  • Minors under age 18 may apply without parental consent. There is no minimum age for enrollment.
  • You are ineligible for Family PACT if you are eligible for Medi-Cal or your insurance covers family planning services except in some circumstances.

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