Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefits provide comprehensive and preventive health care services for children under age 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid. Federal statutes and regulations require that EPSDT preventative, dental, mental, developmental, and specialty services be provided even when state Medicaid programs do not cover these same services for adults. While EPSDT was intended to expand health coverage for all low-income children, implementation has been inconsistent. Individual states are allowed to set “reasonable limits” for services covered based on certain criteria like medical necessity or utilization control, which can have the practical effect of limiting children’s access to care. Other barriers include a lack of primary health care professionals in medically underserved communities and inadequate reporting and performance standards.
EPSDT has the potential to improve health outcomes for all eligible children by ensuring they receive needed health services as early as possible in a variety of settings, including at school. This educational discussion led by national experts will introduce EPSDT, what it covers, and how it can be used to address social determinants of health in the delivery of high-quality health care.
This program is supported by an independent medical education grant from CVS Health.
Physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs), nurses, physician associates (PAs), pharmacists, and pharmacy technicians within the CVS Health System
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