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Hi all! I am due in September to have a baby girl. I am a temp at the company I work for so I had no insurance when I got pregnant. Luckily I barely qualified to get on AHCCCS (AZ's medicaid) thank goodness. Well I am getting really nervous about being able to survive financially for 6 (or so?) weeks when I have my baby. Is there any options out there or ideas? Have you ever been in this situation? Thanks for your answers!

Asked By: Kristen - 4/23/2008
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I'm not as current on this as I used to be, and we are in different states, but I hope this gives you a few ideas to start with. Visit your medicaid office and ask about cash and food benefits. As far as rent goes, you may qualify for temporary subsidized housing benefits. In Utah, some single parents can qualify once... More
Answered By: benandjerryluvr - 4/23/2008
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Where I live you would qualify for short term disability benefits after having a baby. I'm not sure what AZ offers, but there has to be something similar. Maybe you would qualify for welfare benefits?
Answered By: locket_keeper - 4/23/2008
 
Try contacting the temp service and see if they have a short trem plan you can pay into. Also call your local dept of social service or labor bord and see what they have to say. Also you might beable to get food stamps for the 6 weeks and contact your power company to see if they will beable to help you out with you... More
Answered By: candyco992002 - 4/23/2008
 
Sorry hun, can't really help with this one. I'm in Australia and child birth is free and we get $5,000 (called a baby bonus) once we have a child. Best of luck though
Answered By: Excited Baby BOY #1 - 4/23/2008
 
You should be able to get some sort of State financial aide after the baby is born via AFDC (Aid for families with dependant children) You might want to start saving as much as you can now, so you have enough to cover the rent and utilities while you are off (if poss) or try to pay a month ahead on those bills if... More
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