Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA)

Created on: 
Nov 06 2019

Online Processing

See ACES Screens and Online Pages for an example of pages or screens used in this chapter.

Who is eligible for Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA)?

Pregnant women who don’t qualify for Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or State Funded Assistance (SFA) may be eligible for PWA cash if they meet the criteria in EAZ Manual – WAC 388-400-0055 Who is eligible for the pregnant women assistance (PWA) program?

PWA is a cash only program. For information about medical coverage for pregnant women, please see the Apple Health eligibility manual: Apple Health for Pregnant Women: Pregnancy Medical (N03, N23).

How long is the Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA) certification period?

PWA cash is certified through the month of the estimated delivery date.

  • The PWA Assistance Unit (AU) is auto-terminated at the end of the certification period. The PWA AU may be reinstated for one additional month if the baby isn’t born in the month of the estimated due date.
  • PWA has no eligibility review requirement.

Online Processing

How do I screen Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA)?

To screen in PWA for new applicants, take the following steps:

  1. From the Welcome Back page in, click the Screen New Application link at the top left of the page. The Applicant page displays in a new window.
  2. On the Applicant page:
  • In the Applicant Name field enter the [applicant's name]
  • In the Residential Address field enter the [applicant's residential address].
    • If the applicant's mailing address is different than the residential address, click the box next to Mailing Address same as above to remove the checkmark and enter the applicant's mailing address.
  • To add an Authorized Representative, follow the steps in Screening - Add/Edit/Delete Authorized Representation (AREP).
  • Click the Next button and the Address Validation page displays.
  1. On the Address Validation page:
  • Take the necessary steps to complete the address validation process. See Screening - Address Validation for additional information.
  • Click the Next button and the Programs page displays.
  1. On the Programs page click the checkbox next to Cash and click Next.
  2. Continue screening following the steps in the Screening an Application chapter.
  3. On the Finalize page, click the Specify Program button.
  4. From the Program dropdown menu select GA Pregnancy (GS) and click Next.
  5. Enter the Application Date in [mmddyyyy] format.
  6. Click the Commit button.

How do I process Pregnant Women Assistance (PWA)?

To process PWA cash, take the following steps:

  1. From the Case Actions page, select Start Interview.
  2. On the Assistance Unit page, update the Financial Responsibility with the appropriate codes from the drop down menu:
  • Applicant (PN) (for only one member of the Assistance Unit (AU))
  • Ineligible Spouse/Non-Applying Spouse (SP)
  • Ineligible Child (IC)
  • Not Related and Not Financially Responsible to the Applicant (NM)
  • Parent of a Minor Parent (PM)
  1. On the applicant's Client Information page update the following information in the Pregnancy section:
  • Due Date box - enter the pregnancy due date in [mmddyyyy] format and the verification valid value. 
  • # Expected box enter [the number of babies expected] and the verification valid value.
NOTE: If the valid value to verify either the Expected Due Date or # Expected is not entered soft edit Field may be required for eligibility determination displays.
  1. To complete the interview following the steps in the Interview chapter.
  2. After committing the interview data, follow the steps in the Process Application Month and Finalize Application chapters.


See ACES Screens and Online Pages for an example of pages or screens used in this chapter.