EPSDT, Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment Program is for all children who get Medicaid.
Passport Health Plan wants every parent to make sure their children are getting their medical checkups. Members from birth to age 21 get EPSDT services. The EPSDT program checks children for medical problems early. It keeps checking them as they grow. These checkups make sure your children are growing up healthy. If a doctor finds a problem, it is treated and monitored.
What will my child be checked for?
The areas of health that are checked include:
- Medical History and Physical Exam
- Growth and Development check (social, personal, language and motor skills)
- Vision Screens
- Hearing Screens
- Lab tests including blood lead level
- Mental health and substance abuse
- Health education for parents
- Referral for diagnosis and/or treatment when needed
Why are immunizations important?
During some checkups, children need immunizations. Immunizations are shots that help the body fight disease. Each shot fights a different disease. Children must have all the shots they need before they can start school. Check with your primary Care Provider to be sure your child has received all the shots he/she needs.
How can Passport Health Plan help my child get EPSDT services?
Passport Health Plan has EPSDT Experts. They work with your child's Primary Care Provider. They help your child's Primary Care Provider know what your child needs. Passport will help your child's Primary Care Provider know when to give your child these services.
How can I make sure my child is getting EPSDT services?
Call your Primary Care Provider for an appointment. Every parent should make sure that their child gets EPSDT checkups. It is very important that children get all their EPSDT checkups. If you have questions or need more information on EPSDT, please call the EPSDT Departmentat 1-800-578-0603 ext. 8210.
The EPSDT is more complete than most check-ups. Examples are:
- Regular physical exams
- Developmental Screening
- Shots and Vaccines
- Lab tests for such things as lead poisoning & sickle cell anemia
Potential treatment and support services for problems or illnesses not usually paid for by
Medicaid such as:
- Allergy shots
- Dental Sealants (ordered by your dentist)
- Mental Health Services
- Speech Therapy
- Second Hearing Aids
- Bath Chair
- Dental, Hearing and Vision Services
- Drug and Alcohol Abuse
It is Important that your child receives all of their EPSDT check-ups!
Your primary care provider may not be aware that Medicaid reimburses for these services. These check-ups make sure your children are growing up healthy. If a doctor finds a medical problem it is treated and watched closely.
Help getting to and from the clinic is available.
For transportation assistance contact:
Logisticare, phone 1-866-251-7404
Call 574-5275 for more service options.
Free Checkups and Healthcare for babies,children and teens under age 21 to help kids stay well.
To get a well child exam for your child if you do not already have a primary care provider visit the Louisville Metro Health Departments Clinics page for a location near you.