Women need folic acid vitamins: Apple Health (Medicaid) covers prenatal vitamins

Monday, June 27, 2016

It’s important for women of child-bearing age to take folic acid daily to lower the risk of brain and spinal cord birth defects. Washington covers these vitamins for women of childbearing age enrolled in Apple Health (Medicaid).

According to the state Department of Health, anencephaly is a rare neural tube birth defect in which a baby’s brain and skull don’t fully form in the first month of pregnancy. The causes of anencephaly aren’t fully understood, but the risk of this tragic defect can be reduced by taking vitamins containing folic acid at least one month before becoming pregnant. Many women aren’t aware they’re pregnant until after initial brain and spinal cord formation in the developing baby, therefore all women of childbearing age should take folic acid every day.

For more information on women’s health, visit the Department of Health website.

To find out if you are eligible for Apple Health coverage, visit Washington Health Plan Finder.