Texas CHIP Perinatal

What is CHIP Perinatal?

CHIP Perinatal is no cost prenatal care for pregnant women and their unborn children, even if the mother does not qualify for Medicaid.

How does CHIP Perinatal work?

Members choose an HMO and an OB/GYN to give them all prenatal services. This includes coordinating referrals for all medically necessary specialty services.

Based on their Federal Poverty Level (FPL), the coverage period for CHIP Perinatal Members is either:

  • 12 consecutive months of CHIP Perinatal benefits that is split between the mother’s prenatal care and the baby’s birth


  • Full Medicaid benefits for the baby upon birth.

Babies who receive CHIP Perinatal benefits after birth, can renew for benefits under CHIP. There is no age limit for mothers-to-be. There is no waiting period for coverage to begin.

What services does CHIP Perinatal cover?

CHIP Perinatal Members get basic medical care that includes:

  • regular checkups
  • prescription drugs
  • shots
  • coverage for special health needs

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Pregnant Members - Extra Benefits


  • Up to 20 prenatal visits
  • Up to two post-partum visit


  • Full CHIP benefits
  • Fun Member events at Moody Gardens, the Houston Zoo, the Children’s Museum, and Rockets games in Harris Service Area
  • Fun Member events at Moody Gardens, the Children’s Museum, Sports Connection, South Texas Fair, and holiday events with Santa in Jefferson Service Area
  • 24-Hour Nurse Help Line
  • Transportation assistance
  • Care Management Program for asthma, diabetes, and high-risk pregnancies
  • Help with CHIP renewal