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Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT)


EPSDT is the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment portion of Medicaid. It is available for all children in Medicaid from birth through age 20. 

At the core of EPSDT is the Well Child Check-up. These check-ups help doctors and providers to identify any problems your child might have, and then assist with the treatment of that problem. By following the schedule of Well Child Check-ups, parents can ensure that their children receive care from the most comprehensive health care coverage program available.

EPSDT Well Child Check-ups include:

  • Comprehensive health & developmental history
  • Comprehensive unclothed physical examination
  • Assessment of physical, emotional & developmental history
  • Immunizations appropriate to age & health history
  • Laboratory tests (including blood lead levels)
  • Assessment of mental/behavioral health
  • Assessment of mouth, oral cavity & teeth, including referral to a dentist
  • Assessment of nutritional status
  • Assessment of vision, including referrals
  • Assessment of overall health, including referrals
  • Health education (also called anticipatory guidance)
  • Family planning services and adolescent maternity care

Montana Medicaid Member Guide. Learn more about Medicaid coverage through the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program at pages 30-31 in the handbook.

Recommendations for Preventive Pediatric Health Care. See the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended schedule for Well Child Check-ups. Also details specifics about each visit. 

Immunization Schedule - A link to the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended immunization schedule for children through the age of 18.

EPSDT Well Child Check-Up Video

Posters and general information.

For more information call the Montana Health Care Programs Member Helpline: (800) 362-8312