What does EPSDT stand for? That’s a toughie. Here’s a hint: in Iowa, EPSDT is also called the Care for Kids program.

If you have a child under age 21 who is currently enrolled in Medicaid insurance, they are eligible for all of the benefits of the Care for Kids program. Many people think of Medicaid as a means to pay for doctor visits when someone is sick, and this is certainly true. The focus of Care for Kids is to assure that children and adolescents on Medicaid also receive preventive health care services, including oral health, vision and hearing screenings, as well as immunizations. EPSDT Care for Kids services are free to children enrolled in Medicaid.

The acronym EPSDT stands for: Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment. Children should receive quality health care beginning at birth and continuing at regular (periodic) intervals. This care should include appropriate screenings (such as lead poisoning testing and vision checks). The purpose of the screenings is proper diagnosis, and then treatment as needed.

The Health Navigators at Dallas County Public Health can assist families in locating health care providers who accept Medicaid insurance. You may reach Health Navigation at 515-993-3750 or 515-465-2483.