Healthy Start legislation provides for universal risk screening of all Florida's pregnant women and infants to identify those at risk for poor birth, health and developmental outcomes. ALL pregnant women regardless of their marital, economic or immigration status are eligible to participate in the Healthy Start program, if they are at high risk for a poor pregnancy outcome. This includes post-partum women and their infants up to age three.
MomCare is a Medicaid-funded program authorized by a special waiver from the federal government called the Sixth Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (SOBRA). MomCare was developed as a partnership between the Florida Association of Healthy Start Coalitions, Florida Department of Health, Florida Agency for Healthcare Administration and Florida Department of Children and Families.
The program is managed locally by the Healthy Start Coalition of Miami-Dade.
Once accepted into the program, clients will receive guidance on how to contact the Agency's enrollment broker to enroll in a managed care plan, select a prenatal care provider for early and continuous health care, and information about state programs for which they may be eligible. The goal of the Florida's MomCare Program is to improve birth outcomes and reduce infant mortality rates through a simplified application, guidance, education and care coordination services.