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Did you know Ohio’s Medicaid program includes Healthchek services for children up to 21 years of age? (These services are also called EPSDT sometimes). Healthchek services help children stay healthy and reduce the chances of sickness by treating health problems early. All Healthchek services are free. You can get help and information by contacting your county Healthchek Coordinator or your managed care plan and by going to the ODJFS website.
Doctors want children to have well-child check-ups (screenings) while they are growing up so that health problems can be found early. Check-ups covered by Healthchek include:
- Physical check-ups
- Nutrition screenings
- Vision checks
- Mental health screenings
- Dental checks
- Developmental screenings
- Hearing checks
- Immunizations, if needed
If the doctor finds a problem during a check-up, the doctor may provide the treatment or may refer you to another doctor. Healthchek covers treatment services. Some services may need prior approval. If your child is not in a managed care plan and needs prior approval for a service, your doctor will need to request it from Ohio Medicaid. If your child is in a managed care plan, your doctor will request prior approval from the plan.
The names, addresses and phone numbers of Healthchek Coordinators for all counties can be found on this online form or by calling your County Department of Job and Family Services. If you need to find a doctor, dentist or other health care provider, your county Healthchek Coordinator can give you a list. Your Healthchek Coordinator can also help you make doctor’s appointments and help you get transportation to the doctor. If your child is in a managed care plan, the plan can also help make doctor’s appointments and may provide transportation to the doctor. The plan can also give you a list of doctors in their plan. You can go to the plan’s website for more information.
You can ask your Healthchek Coordinator to make referrals for you to Head Start, the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, Help Me Grow, and the Bureau for Children with Medical Handicaps. Your Healthchek Coordinator can give you names of other agencies that can help you get clothing, housing, food and other services. You may also submit questions using this online form.