The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT)
benefit gives comprehensive and preventive health care services for
kids under age 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid. Services are mandated
by law to include:
- Health and developmental history, including
physical and mental health
- Physical examination
- Lab tests, including lead screening
- Vision, hearing, and dental services
- Health education about child development, nutrition, physical activity, and injury and disease prevention
- Diagnosis and treatment
The goal of EPSDT is to diagnose and treat health problems as early as possible. If a child enrolled in Medicaid needs a medically
necessary service that will alleviate a medical condition or prevent a condition from
getting worse, then the state must provide it. States also must help
families by letting them know about EPSDT services and helping them
use the services, such as helping to schedule appointments and helping with
transportation to medical care.
Use this resource brief to help find care, services, and
support for your child, learn
more about EPSDT, and find tools to help
you play a more active role in your child's EPSDT-related visits.
Find Care, Services, and
Do you have questions about Medicaid eligibility? applying for Medicaid? EPSDT services? finding care? These resources will help you find people in your state who can help answer your questions.
Learn More About EPSDT
Find Tools to Help You Play
an Active Role in Your Child's EPSDT-Related Visits
Academy of Pediatrics (AAP): Bright Futures.
Health visit forms
and handouts about each age and stage
Futures at Georgetown University:
Booklets, tip sheets, and
forms to help you play an
active role in your kids’
health and well-being and to help
you form partnerships with health professionals.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
schedules and information about developmental
milestones, monitoring, and screening; hearing
loss screening, diagnosis, treatment, and intervention; and newborn
Voices: IMPACT on Health and Wellness. Information about
raising kids, including kids with special health care needs, by
age group or stage of development; a health care
visit checklist; and other resources, including some in Spanish,
to help you improve your kids'
health and well-being.
Need More Information?
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Services
in Medicaid: Family Resource Brief, 2nd ed. (July 2014).
Author: Susan Brune Lorenzo, M.L.S., MCH Library.
Reviewers: Lauren Agoratus, M.A., parent of a child with multiple disabilities,
Family Voices and Family-to-Family Health Information Resource Center at the
Advocacy Network of N.J.; Beth Dworetzky, M.S., Catalyst Center; Olivia K. Pickett,