Brighter Beginnings is a program to help expectant families and babies stay healthy during pregnancy and after the baby is born. The program guides you through prenatal appointments, and explains how you can make sure your baby has health coverage. Brighter Beginnings also offers many resources and rewards like free car seats and diapers.
Earn Rewards for Seeing your Prenatal Provider
You can earn $10 on a CountyCare Rewards Card for going to your prenatal visits (up to 14 visits). You can also receive a $25 reward when you see your provider for a checkup 3-8 weeks after your baby’s birth. The card can be used for home and health items from stores like Walgreens, CVS (not at Target stores), Dollar General and Walmart.
Get a Free Car Seat
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 14 prenatal visits, you can get a free Sleep Safe Kit delivered to your home after giving birth. Call us at 312-864-8200 at any time during your pregnancy to request a Sleep Safe Kit. The kit includes:
- Graco portable crib with fitted sheet
- Halo SleepSack
- Baby Sleep board book
Add 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. If you would like assistance getting your baby enrolled, please reach out to your Care Coordinator who can walk you through the ABE process or contact customer service at 312-864-8200.
Talk to your Provider about a Breast Pump
CountyCare covers double electric breast pumps. 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.
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.
Earn Rewards for your Babies Doctor’s Visits and Immunizations
Earn a $50 reward when you bring your baby in for a checkup within one month of your baby’s birth. Earn $10 for the next five visits. Earn a $10 reward for up to 10 immunizations.