Have You Heard About EPSDT/Well-Child Exams?
Children and youth may go to the doctor whenever there is a need or they are sick. However, taking the child/youth to the doctor when they are sick is not the same as an EPSDT examination.
What is an EPSDT/Well-Child examination?
The purpose of the EPSDT is to prevent and identify conditions that may interfere with a child/youth's natural growth and development. The EPSDT examination should include:
- A complete physical examination
- A current health/developmental history
- Appropriate vision and hearing tests
- Developmental and nutritional assessment
- Substance abuse screening
- An oral health assessment and referral for dental care for children 1 year of age and older
- Appropriate lab tests
- Health education and counseling
When does my child/youth need an EPSDT/Well-Child Exam?
Every child/youth in out-of-home placement should receive an EPSDT examination within 30 days of entering any foster or relative placement. Once the child/youth has their first EPSDT within 30 days of entering out-of-home placement, please follow the schedule below:
- Five examinations between 0 and 12 months of age:
- 1 month
- 2 - 3 months
- 4 - 5 months
- 6 - 8 months
- 9 - 11 months
- Three examinations between 1 and 2 years of life:
- 12 months
- 15 months
- 18 months
- One examination EVERY year between 3 and 20 years of age
What if I have Questions?
If you have any questions about coverage for medical services including the EPSDT/Well-Being examination, please contact the Fostering Well Being Care Coordination Unit (FWBCCU) at: 1-800-562-3022 ext. 59594