Brighter Beginnings is a program to help expectant families and babies stay healthy during pregnancy and after the baby is born.

Benefits & Rewards

CountyCare offers many extra benefits and rewards for pregnant members and children. See below for a list of benefits and rewards that you and your child can earn when you attend prenatal visits or take your baby in for well-child care.

Free home pregnancy test

Female members of childbearing age can call Member Services at 312-864-8200 and request up to one pregnancy test a month. Money will be added to their OTC Rewards Card so they can purchase a test, or it will be mailed to the address they provide.

Earn rewards for seeing your prenatal provider

You can earn $10 on your CountyCare Rewards Card for going to your prenatal visits. You will receive a Rewards Card in the mail and $10 will be automatically added to the card after each prenatal visit (up to 14 visits.) CountyCare will add $25 when you see your provider for a checkup 1-12 weeks after your baby’s birth. The Rewards Card can be used for home and health items from stores like Walgreens, CVS (not at Target stores), Dollar General, Family Dollar, and Walmart. You will have six months to use your rewards from the date they are added to your card.

Check your blood pressure at home

CountyCare covers an automatic blood pressure monitor, so you can check your own blood pressure. High blood pressure can cause problems for you and your baby during and after pregnancy. If you are pregnant, you can request one from your prenatal provider and have it delivered to your home.

Get a free car seat

You will need a car seat in your car to bring your baby home. CountyCare provides free car seats to our expectant parents. Call us at any time to request a car seat at 312-864-8200 and you will receive your car seat in the mail.

Request a free portable crib and Sleep Safe Kit

If you see your prenatal provider for at least 7 prenatal visits and sign and return the waiver form we send you, you can get a free Sleep Safe Kit delivered to your home. Call us at 312-864-8200 at any time during your pregnancy to request a Sleep Safe Kit. The kit includes a Graco portable crib with fitted sheet, Halo SleepSack, Baby Sleep board book, and pacifier.

Earn rewards for your baby's doctor's visits and immunizations

  • Your baby will receive their own CountyCare Rewards Card.
  • Your baby will earn a $50 reward when you bring them in for a checkup within one month of their birth.
  • Your baby will earn a $10 reward for each of the first 10 immunizations they receive.

When you take your baby to these appointments, CountyCare will automatically put money on your child’s Rewards Card. You can spend the cash on the Rewards Card at Walmart, Dollar General, Walgreens, Family Dollar, and CVS (not at Target stores). You will have six months from the date they are added to your baby’s card to use the rewards.

Book club for kids

Members age 3 through 16 can receive a new book in the mail every 3 months by signing up for our annual book club. Kids age 5 through 16 will receive a $10 Target gift card along with their book. Please call Member Services at 312-864-8200 to enroll.

Look for your free diaper coupons in the mail

All families with a baby under 2 years old will receive a coupon in the mail once a month for a free pack of diapers. CountyCare will automatically mail the coupon when your baby’s shots are up-to-date.

Click to read our Frequently Asked Questions about free diapers.

Here’s how to get your FREE diapers:

  • When your baby is on schedule for shots, CountyCare mails you a coupon for a Jewel-Osco Baby Basics Jumbo Pack of diapers each month.
  • The coupon can be used at any Jewel-Osco location in the Chicagoland area. The cashier will verify your coupon when you check out.
  • To help you stay up-to-date, the coupon will also include a schedule so you know which shots your children need as they grow.
  • The best way to stay up-to-date on shots is to have regular well-child visits with your baby’s doctor.

All CountyCare families with a child under two will automatically receive a coupon for free diapers. You DO NOT need to register. We mail the coupon monthly when your baby’s shots are up-to-date.

To get your monthly diapers coupon, we must have your correct address. If you have recently moved, call Member Services at 312-864-8200 to confirm we have your updated information.

Talk to your provider about a breast pump

CountyCare covers one (1) double electric breast pump per year. When your baby is born, your provider can order the pump from several companies. You can pick it up or have it delivered to your home.

CountyCare covers lots of other medical equipment. Contact your provider if you have questions about medical equipment.

Care Team

CountyCare covers many different providers for prenatal care, delivery, and ongoing care for children, adolescents, and adults.
These providers can all care for you on their own or can work in teams. Read below to learn more and decide which provider type is right for you!

Find a Provider

Visit the CountyCare Provider Portal and find the provider that’s right for you and your children!

Interested in Finding a Midwife?

Click here for instructions on how to find a midwife.

Care Coordination

To talk with a Care Coordinator, please call Member Services at  312-864-8200 (855-444-1661 (toll free), 711 (TDD/TTY)) and ask to speak with a Care Coordinator.

You can also fill out the Referral to Care Coordination form and a Care Coordinator will contact you directly.

All pregnant and parenting CountyCare members are eligible for care coordination services. Your Care Coordinator will work with you throughout your pregnancy and after. They can help you choose a prenatal provider and schedule prenatal care, help you set up transportation to your visits, connect you to community resources that can help with things like food, housing, or childcare, and help you take advantage of extra benefits for moms and babies, including a free car seat.

Having a “plan of care” during and after your pregnancy can help you get all the information and resources you need for a healthy pregnancy.

Coverage

Adding your baby to your coverage

One of the most important things you can do is to make sure your baby has health coverage. In the week after your baby is born, call DHS at 1-800-843-6154 or log on to the Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) System at www.abe.illinois.gov. After you log on to ABE, go to Manage My Case to add your baby and choose to stay with CountyCare. You will receive a notification in the mail when your baby has been added.

If you need assistance with this, please call us at 312-864-8200, option 1.

Comprehensive Care

With CountyCare, members have access to no-cost, comprehensive health care for every stage, at every age.

Infant Health & Immunizations

It is important for your baby to go to all of their recommended doctor’s visits and receive all of their childhood vaccines. Click here for a schedule of when your child needs to see the doctor and when they should get each of their childhood vaccines.

Resources

There are many community resources available to pregnant and parenting people. Read below for information on trusted maternal and child health organizations.

Women, Infants and Children (WIC): WIC is a food assistance program for women, infants, and children. It helps pregnant women, new mothers, and young children eat well and stay healthy. You are eligible for WIC if you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or just had a baby. WIC can provide special checks to buy food, nutrition information, breastfeeding assistance, and help to find healthcare. Click here to find a WIC office near you.

Family Case Management: The Family Case Management (FCM) program provides comprehensive service coordination to improve the health, social, education, and developmental needs of pregnant women, and infants (0-12 months) from low-income families in the communities of Illinois. Click here to find a Family Case Management Office near you.

Head Start/Early Head Start: Head Start (age 3-5) and Early Head Start (pregnant people and ages 0-3) offer early childhood education, health services, parent engagement, and social services to families. Click here to locate a Head Start program near you.

If you need help connecting to resources, contact our Care Coordination team by calling CountyCare Member Services at 312-864-8200 (855-444-1661 (toll-free), 711 (TDD/TTY)) and asking to speak with a Care Coordinator.

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