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Ohio Medicaid: Child wellness visits

Children should see their doctors regularly from birth through age 20, to make sure they are and stay healthy.

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Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT)

Members under age 21 can get any medically necessary health service to treat, prevent, or improve a health problem. This special set of benefits is called Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) services. Healthchek is Ohio’s EPSDT program.

Healthchek covers:

  • 10 checkups in the first 2 years of life
  • Annual checkups for Medicaid recipients in Ohio between the ages of 2 and 20

Learn more about Ohio’s Healthchek program

Child wellness visit schedule

Typically, your child’s doctor will ask you to bring in your child for regular wellness visits. These visits typically occur at birth and when your child is:

  • 3–5 days old for newborns discharged less than 48 hours after delivery
  • 1 month old
  • 2 months old
  • 4 months old
  • 6 months old
  • 9 months old
  • 12 months old
  • 15 months old
  • 18 months old
  • 24 months old
  • 30 months old
  • Once every year for ages 3–20

A Healthchek examination includes:

  • 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
  • Vision screening

Healthchek and pregnancy-related services information sheet , PDF

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

Learn more about required blood lead screenings for children

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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