National Medicaid/ EPSDT Resources

Policy

Maximizing the Use of EPSDT to Improve the Health and Development of Young Children: This second Project THRIVE describes EPSDT with a focus on young children ages birth to 5 and offers tips for using the program in state Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems to improve early childhood health and development, state performance rates on child health, and collaborative efforts with other federal and state programs and services. While in theory EPSDT guarantees children coverage for a full range of services, in practice, screening and referral rates fall short of the 80 percent screening benchmark set in 1989. State ECCS initiatives can use interagency coollaboration to improve EPSDT performance and child health access.