Medicaid service helps foster parents find an approved EPSDT medical provider for developmental screenings and well-child visits.
The Early, Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit available through Medicaid provides comprehensive and preventive health care service for children and teens younger than 21 who are enrolled in Medicaid. This screening must be scheduled with the first 14 days a child or teen is in foster care. Subsequently, screenings are required at least once per year.
During an EPSDT screening, an approved medical provider completes the Medicaid-required physical, dental, vision and hearing evaluations. EPSDT is:
- Early: Assessing and identifying problems early;
- Periodic: Checking children's health at periodic, age-appropriate intervals;
- Screening: Providing physical, mental, developmental, dental, hearing, vision, and other screening tests to detect potential problems;
- Diagnostic: Performing diagnostic tests to follow up when a risk is identified; and,
- Treatment: Control, correct or ameliorate health problems found.
Family Health Coordinators with the Healthy Communities Program are available to help foster parents, as well as county department of human services, find an EPSDT provider. Contact information for county Family Health Coordinators is available on the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing website.