First Steps is a program that helps low-income pregnant women get the health and social services they may need and covers a variety of services for pregnant women and their infants. First Steps is available as soon as a woman knows that she is pregnant and is covered by Washington Apple Health (Medicaid). First steps services include medical, enhanced, drug and alcohol and other services.
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Frequently Asked Eligibility Questions
How do I apply for First Steps pregnancy medical benefits?
If you do not have medical coverage, call 1-855-923-4633 or apply directly through the Washington State Benefit Exchange at www.wahealthplanfinder.org. You can also call WithinReach Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588 for help. They will walk you through the application process step by step.
If you are a teenager living with your family, and you want your pregnancy related services to be kept confidential, you may apply for coverage through a paper application process. You may also call WithinReach for help with the confidential application process.
How long after I apply before I can get First Steps?
If you apply online or with the assistance of WithinReach, you will get immediate confirmation if you are eligible. You should receive a services card within 20 calendar days.
Coverage for pregnant women begins within the month of application if you are eligible for First Steps. If you need help with medical bills you received before then, make sure this is marked on your application.
What do I do if I don’t qualify for First Steps?
If you do not qualify because you have too much income, there are other resources to help you.
Please contact the WithinReach Family Health Hotline at 1-800-322-2588. They are able to link you to resources in your county.