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Louisiana Medicaid: Child wellness visits

Children should see their doctors regularly from birth through age 20. These visits are part of Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) preventive screening services.

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Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment

Humana Healthy Horizons® in Louisiana members under age 21 can get medically necessary health services to treat, prevent, or improve a health problem, including regular preventive visits, including:

  • Prenatal exams during pregnancy
  • 12 checkups in the first 2 ½ years of life (at birth, 3 to 5 days after birth, and at 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 24, and 30 months of age)
  • Annual checkups for Medicaid recipients in Louisiana between the ages of 3 and 20
  • Tests for lead poisoning

These well-child checkups follow AAP/Bright Future schedule guidelines

EPSDT services include:

  • Autism screenings
  • Complete unclothed exam (with parent/guardian approval)
  • Dental screening
  • Developmental screening (to assess if the child’s physical and mental abilities are age appropriate)
  • Hearing assessment
  • Immunization (vaccine) assessment, to make sure the child gets necessary vaccines as scheduled
  • Lead screening (see below for more information)
  • Medical history
  • Other services or screenings as needed
  • Perinatal depression screenings
  • Vision screening

If a potential health problem is found, coverage is provided for:

  • Clinic visits
  • Health education
  • Inpatient or outpatient hospital care
  • Lab tests
  • Medically necessary follow-up care for physical, mental health, or other health concerns
  • Prescription drugs
  • Visits with a primary care physician, specialist, dentist, optometrist, and others to diagnose and treat problems or issues

Some services may require:

  • A referral from the child’s primary care physician
  • A provider to request prior authorization from Humana Healthy Horizons in Louisiana

EPSDT services are free for our members.

School-based health services (SBHS)

School-based health services are available to our members. To learn more about these services, including how to access them, call us at 1-800-448-3810 (TTY: 711), Monday – Friday, from 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Our automated phone system may answer your call on Saturdays, Sundays, and some public holidays. If you call when we are closed and are prompted to leave a message, please do so. We will call you back the next business day.

Child blood lead screenings

Federal regulation requires that all children receive a blood test for lead at:

  • 12 months and 24 months
  • 36 months and 72 months for children who have not had a previous blood lead screening

Ask your child’s doctor about this necessary screening.

Remember to:

  • Make and keep appointments with your child’s doctor when your child is well, not just when your child is sick
  • Talk to your child’s doctor about any concerns you have

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