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Programs and services

Knowing how to get what you need isn't always as easy as it sounds.

Still, help is available. While you're pregnant or have a baby, you can access programs and services that address safety, supports in your home, health care and paying for food. Check out details below.

WIC is a program that helps eligible women, new mothers, babies and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Get the details here:

If you have low income, the SNAP program can help you stretch your budget to get the food you need for nutritious and well-balanced meals. Get the details here:

Health coverage is an important element in getting the care your family needs. Depending on your situation, you might have access to employer-sponsored coverage, Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. Or, you might choose to purchase your own health insurance through MNsure. Medical Assistance for pregnant women is a type of Medical Assistance specifically available to women who are currently pregnant through 12 months after the baby's birth.

Learn more about your health coverage options under Your Options.

Finding out what services your child may be eligible for is important in getting the needed support. For long-term services and supports, such as personal care assistance or waiver services, start by requesting a MnCHOICES assessment from your county agency or tribe. Find phone numbers in this tribal and county directory.

Your child may also need services ordered by a doctor, such as skilled nursing visits in your home, physical therapy, occupational therapy or speech therapy. Verify coverage for these services with your insurance provider.

Benefits can help ensure that you're meeting your family's needs. Start by understanding benefits for children with disabilities (PDF) and how to apply for Social Security disability benefits

Use MNbenefits to apply for cash assistance, SNAP, child care assistance and emergency assistance.

If you need immediate assistance or have questions about your application, contact your county agency or tribe. Find phone numbers in this tribal and county directory.

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Find out what to expect when applying for disability benefits for your child with this
Child disability starter kit (PDF) »

A health care home is a primary care clinic or provider certified by the Minnesota Department of Health to coordinate care among a primary care team, specialists and community partners. A health care home supports team-based, coordinated, patient-centered care.

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