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Trends: Children Birth to Age 9 Enrolled in Medicaid Receiving EPSDT Services

Children birth to age 9 enrolled in Medicaid receiving EPSDT services: These data are the number of eligible children that received an Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) screening during 2012 as a percentage of those who should have received at least one such screening. All states are required to provide the EPSDT benefit to all Medicaid eligible children, which covers comprehensive and preventative services including physical, mental, developmental, dental, hearing, vision and other tests to detect potential issues as early as possible and provide treatment or referrals as needed. Data identifying the percentage of children who are developmentally healthy according to a health care provider would offer a more complete picture but such data is not yet available. Since most low-income children have public insurance, utilization of EPSDT services is one indicator of how many low-income children are receiving essential developmental health support services. However, these data do not show whether uninsured children are receiving any health care treatment of follow-up care. 

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