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Kaiser Commissionís Fact Sheet Explains the EPSDT Medicaid Benefit

11/17/2005:   A new Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured (KCMU) fact sheet closely examines the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) Medicaid benefit for children. Through the EPSDT, Medicaid has proven critical to improving the health of the nation's low-income children.

Under EPSDT requirements, states must provide comprehensive health assessments and services to children and youth up to age 21. The goal of the prevention-oriented services is the early identification of conditions that can impede children's growth and development, thereby avoiding the health and financial costs of long-term disability. The EPSDT benefit, therefore, has been especially beneficial to the 1.3 million children with disabilities enrolled in Medicaid, according to the Kaiser Commission's fact sheet.

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