Title

Crossing the Medicaid-private insurance divide: the case of EPSDT

Document Type

Response or Comment

Publication Date

3-2007

Journal

Health Affairs

Volume

Volume 26, Issue 2

Inclusive Pages

382-393

Keywords

Aid to Families with Dependent Children; Child Health Services--economics; Child Welfare--economics; Health Care Reform; Medicaid--legislation & jurisprudence; State Health Plans; Children's Health; EPDST

Abstract

Contained in the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 is a provision that could greatly affect Medicaid’s signature child health coverage standard, embodied since 1967 in the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit. Whether the core child health and developmental principles that have been EPSDT’s touchstone for four decades will continue to guide Medicaid depends on whether and how these principles will be incorporated into states’ coverage reforms.

Peer Reviewed

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