The Lone Star State has received permission from the federal government to let more pregnant women into its State Children’s Health Insurance Program.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given Texas permission to expand the prenatal health care component of its SCHIP to offer prenatal care for women in families earning up to 200% of the federal poverty level.

Texas cut the eligibility level for pregnant women to 158% in 2003, from an initial level of 185%.

The change will increase the eligibility level to $19,600 for an individual and to $40,000 for a family of 4, officials estimate.

Officials are predicting the change will make health coverage available to 66,916 previously uninsured pregnant women.