Care for Kids

Care for Kids

What is the EPSDT Care for Kids program?

EPSDT is the Early Periodic, Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment program for children and adolescents who are signed up with Medicaid. The focus of this program is to make sure that children and adolescents ages birth through 20 years get health care services that work to keep them healthy. In Iowa, the EPSDT program is called Care for Kids. In Scott County, Care for Kids works to make sure that health care resources are available to families, and that support and education is provided so that families can successfully use the health care system.

Who does Care for Kids serve?

Care for Kids is available at no cost to children and adolescents from birth through 20 years of age who are signed up with Iowa Medicaid. Care for Kids provides free services as part of Iowa Medicaid, but any family in need of information or help finding resources may call the program.

How does Care for Kids work?

Care for Kids helps children, adolescents, and families use preventive health care by offering these services:

  • Helping families find a doctor, dentist, or vision care provider.

  • Providing families with information about the benefits of medical, dental, and vision homes.

  • Helping families make health care appointments.

  • Coordinating care for families including:

    • Sending well child exam reminders

    • Checking in with families about unmet needs

    • Helping to link families with transportation resources to health care appointments

  • Providing families with information about health resources in the community including how to reach them.

  • Getting immediate Medicaid insurance coverage for people while they wait for the Department of Human Services to review their information.

  • Linking families to other support services, such as language translation and childcare.

     

    Why are these services important?

    Children and adolescents should receive regular medical, dental and vision exams even when they are not sick. Regular check-ups are important to find and treat health problems before they become more serious.  Care for Kids helps parents use these needed services for their children.  Having regular care helps parents build trust and talk more openly with health care providers, and makes sure that families are linked to needed health care resources.

    How do I get in touch with Care for Kids?

    To learn more about the Care for Kids Program in Scott County, please call 563-328-4114.

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