Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment, or EPSDT, is the Medicaid program's benefit that covers checkups and health care services for children from birth until age 21 to detect and treat health problems. EPSDT checkups are free for all children and youth who have Healthy Connections Medicaid.
Often referred to as well-child visits, EPSDT finds children with actual or potential health problems and screens, diagnoses and treats the problems before they become permanent, lifelong disabilities. EPSDT also offers preventive health services to Healthy Connections Medicaid beneficiaries under 21 years old. It includes the regular health checkup, the EPSDT screenings as part of a well-child visit and EPSDT special services should a referral to a specialist be needed.
EPSDT is key to ensuring that children and youth receive appropriate dental, mental health, developmental and specialty services as soon as possible.