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What is EPSDT?

EPSDT stands for Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment, and it is the federal law that says that Medicaid must provide all medically necessary health care services to Medicaid-eligible children under the age of 21. Even if a service is not covered under the NC Medicaid State Plan, it can be covered if the service is listed in section 1905(a) of the Social Security Act and if all EPSDT criteria are met. Check out this Fact Sheet on Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment for more information.