First Steps Program


First Steps is a program that helps low-income pregnant women get the health and social services they may need. These services will help you be a healthy mother and have a healthy baby. First Steps is available as soon as you know that you are pregnant.
Contact Information
DSHS Constituent Services
PO Box 45130
Olympia, WA 98504-5130
1-(800) 322-2588 (phone)
How to Apply:
Select one of the links below to download the application or go to the program site for more information on how to apply. Once you fill out your application, send it to the address on the application. Do NOT send it to RxResource.
  • Click here to visit the program's web site.
  • Eligibility:
    All pregnant women covered with a Medical ID Card (MAID) qualify for First Steps. If you have no medical coverage you are urged to apply for First Steps. If you are a teenager living with your family, you may apply for coverage. Your eligibility will be determined by your personal income. If you are not a documented U.S. resident, you may also receive First Steps coverage. Some women learn about First Steps services when they have a pregnancy test or apply for WIC. First Steps has many "entry points". There is no "one way" to get in! After you have your baby or are no longer pregnant, your DSHS medical coverage will continue for two months. This will still be full medical, vision and dental coverage. After two months you will start receiving a Family Planning Only ID card. You will continue to get Family Planning Services for 10 months after other First Steps benefits end. Your baby will receive full medical coverage until his or her first birthday.
    Other Information:
    First Steps services include: - paid medical bills - transportation to medical appointments - child care while at medical appointments - child birth education - medical care for your newborn - help accessing medical care for your children - drug education and assistance - Family Planning services when your pregnancy ends