If you’re pregnant, tacking your tot onto your health coverage is probably on your pre-baby to-do list. Here are 3 things to know:
1. Notify your benefit company.
How you notify your benefit provider depends on how you receive coverage. If you're covered through your employer, contact human resources. They'll work with your benefit provider to add baby to your coverage. If you have an individual or family plan, contact your benefit provider directly. If you purchased coverage on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, contact them to make the addition. Having a baby is considered a life event, so you can enroll your bundle of joy as soon as they're born.
2. Add your baby quickly.
The majority of benefit companies require newborns be added within 30 days of birth.
3. Care for your baby’s smile now.
Dental care should begin at birth. Dentists recommend wiping your baby’s gums with a damp washcloth or soft infant toothbrush after meals. Once the first tooth erupts, start brushing gently with a soft, infant toothbrush twice a day. Schedule your child’s first dental appointment by age 1.
As your baby gets bigger, teach them to love their teeth. Simple preventive care, including brushing and flossing daily and regular dental visits, can help small smiles grow up healthy.