This policy was eliminated effective July 1, 2005 by Missouri House Bill 11 (2005)
Pregnant women may be or become unemployable because of circumstances involving their pregnancy. A pregnant woman who meets eligibility for MC+ may also qualify for the General Relief program (GR). All GR requirements must be met including resources, unemployability and need (using GR budget standards). Thus, medical information necessary to establish pregnancy AND unemployability must be obtained. Complete needed determinations using both MAF and GR standards. A pregnant woman who meets eligibility for both programs receives both MPW and cash under the General Relief program.
When a claimant who has been receiving only MC+ for Pregnant Women requests and is found eligible for GR, treat these cases as though they were applications. Use the date of request in the same manner as the date of application, to determine beginning eligibility for cash.
There are two levels of care available in the MPW Assistance program:
Reinvestigations are not required. In all cases, set a priority for the expected end of the pregnancy unless an earlier priority exists. After that priority, reset the priority for the expected end of the pregnancy.
Advise pregnant women, parents of newborns, and parents with children under the age of six, of the availability of case management services. If an applicant or recipient is interested in case management services and has not already been referred by a hospital or physician, refer to the listing of case managers available in each county. Provide the claimant with the name and address of the appropriate case manager.
Case management is a method of providing and insuring receipt of comprehensive health services to pregnant women and newborns at risk. It also provides services to children under the age of six. A case manager is responsible for locating, coordinating, and monitoring services.