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Applying for AIM

Who can be an applicant?

An applicant can be a pregnant woman age 18 or older applying for herself, or an applicant can be the husband of a pregnant woman. An applicant can also be a legal guardian or natural parent, foster parent, or stepparent with whom a pregnant child lives; however, income of a parent or legal guardian is NOT used to determine eligibility. Therefore, the pregnant child may qualify for no-cost Medi-Cal. To see if the pregnant child qualifies for no-cost Medi-Cal, please contact your County Social Services Office. An emancipated minor who is not living in the home of a natural parent or adoptive parent, a legal guardian, foster parent, or stepparent, may also be an applicant.

How do you apply?

Fill out the application and mail it, along with proof of your income and expenses. If complete, AIM will process your application within 10 calendar days of receipt. If you need help filling it out, call the AIM Program at 1-800-433-2611. All help is free. Your complete and eligible application must be postmarked before the end of your 30th week of pregnancy.

If your application is complete and you qualify, you will receive a letter notifying you that you have been enrolled in AIM. The letter will provide you with the date your coverage starts. Your coverage starts 10 calendar days after the date your application is approved.

If your application is incomplete, AIM will contact you to request what is missing. If you do not qualify, you will receive a letter stating why you do not qualify.

Once you are enrolled, you will receive an Evidence of Coverage (EOC) booklet and an insurance card from your chosen health plan. It is IMPORTANT for you to read the plan’s EOC booklet to understand the benefts, exclusions, limitations, and the terms of the agreement between you and the health plan. If you do not receive your insurance card within 10 days of your enrollment in AIM, please call your health plan directly.

Your coverage in the AIM Program ends the last day of the month in which the 60th day following the end of the pregnancy occurs. You must apply again for each pregnancy, if you would like to be enrolled in AIM for that pregnancy.

The number of women enrolling in AIM is limited by state funding. While adequate funding is generally available, once the program is full, you will not be enrolled even if you qualify and your application is complete. If this happens, you will be notified by mail, and your initial payment will be refunded.