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Pregnant Women and Infants

Healthy Connections provides coverage to pregnant women with low income. This coverage for the mother continues for 60 days after the baby’s birth. The infant is covered up to age one.


A woman who may qualify for this program must:

  • Be pregnant
  • Be a South Carolina resident
  • Be a U.S. citizen or Lawful Permanent Resident Alien
  • Have a Social Security number or verify an application for one  
Income Limit: 

194% of the federal poverty level

Family Size Monthly Effective 03/01/2014 Annual Effective 03/01/2014
1 1,886.65 22,639.80
2 2,543.02 30,516.20
3 3,199.38 38,392.60
4 3,855.75 46,269.00
5 4,512.12 54,145.40
6 5,168.48 62,021.80
7 5,824.85 69,898.20
8 6,481.22 77,774.60
Each Additional Member 656.37 7,876.40

Individuals who are eligible will receive all Medicaid covered services.

Minimum Essential Coverage

The Affordable Care Act requires most individuals to have health insurance coverage that meets minimum essential coverage. The Pregnant Women and Infants program is not considered minimum essential coverage for the mother, since she is only covered for a limited time-the duration of the pregnancy plus 60 days after the birth of the child. This means you may have to pay a tax penalty if you do not have other health insurance coverage. Some individuals may be eligible for an exemption from this penalty. To learn more about health insurance coverage options or qualifying for an exemption, visit or call 1-800-318-2596.

To Apply: 

Apply online or complete the following form and submit it to your local county office:

The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1986 (OBRA 86) gave states the option to provide Medicaid coverage to pregnant women with low income.