Helping women get proper medical care during a critical time is the purpose of a program available at an area health organization.
The Joplin Health Department offers temporary medicaid for pregnant women who meet certain income requirements. Cynthia Burnham, medical services coordinator at the facility says the program has been around for years, but she’s not sure how many women know about it. She says the goal is to get women who don’t have insurance started on the right track as soon as possible.
“One in seven infants that are born do not have adequate prenatal care and good prenatal care especially in that first trimester, the first three months of pregnancy it what insures the baby isn’t born with birth defects or with other problems during their life,” says Cynthia Burnham.
For more information on the program, you can call the Joplin Health Department at 623-6122, extension 266. This program is only available for Joplin city residents.