Maximizing the Use of EPSDT to Improve the Health and Development of Young Children

Johnson, Kay

In every state, assuring access to health care and a medical home is a core component of the Early Childhood Comprehensive System (ECCS) initiative. Medicaid finances health, mental health, and developmental services for approximately one-third of U.S. children under age 6. This Project THRIVE Short Take discusses the importance of Medicaid's child health benefit—the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. EPSDT is in essence the child health benefit plan for Medicaid. Short Take 2 reviews research about the role of EPSDT in improving early childhood health and development and opportunities for ECCS leaders to use EPSDT in collaborative efforts to improve child health.

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National Center for Children in Poverty
National Center for Children in Poverty, Columbia University
Project Thrive Publications
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July 6, 2010