Healthy Start

The Healthy Start Program provides a Medicaid card to pregnant women and children. A Medicaid card will pay for doctor visits and prescriptions for you and your children. It will also pay for the birth of your baby and doctor visits before and after you have your baby.

To be eligible for Healthy Start you must

  • Be a pregnant woman or a woman who has had a baby within the last 2 months.
  • Be a child whose age is under the Healthy Start limit.
  • Be a resident of the State of Ohio.
  • Be a citizen of the United States or meet certain citizenship requirements.
  • Meet Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.

The Miami County Health District’s Prenatal Clinic can assist you in applying for the medical card.

The following information is needed when you apply

  • Proof of income from work or wages
    • Copies of pay stubs for the previous month.
    • Letter from employer stating your gross monthly income.
    • IRS 1040 tax form with Schedule C, or F, if self-employed.
  • Immigration Documents
    • If you or someone in your household is NOT a U.S. citizen and applying for Healthy Start, you will need to show proof of alien status.
  • Social Security card
  • Birth certificates
  • Marriage certificate
  • Custody papers, if applicable
  • Proof of child support or SSI payments

If you would like assistance filling out the application for Healthy Start, please call Miami County Public Health at (937) 573-3518 or the Department of Job and Family Services at (937) 335-3471.