Early & Periodic Screening, Diagnostic & Treatment Program
The goal of the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program is to improve the health status of children by assuring provision of preventative services and follow-through care. EPSDT services are available to all Medicaid eligible individuals under the age of 21 in the State of Alaska. The focus of the EPSDT program is to ensure preventative care and treatment designed to:
- Help families effectively use health care resources
- Assess children's health needs through initial and periodic exams and evaluations, and
- Ensure that health problems found are diagnosed and treated early, before they become more complex and their treatment more costly
The EPSDT program informs families of these benefits through frequent mailings and newsletters.