Arkansas Children: Lacking Preventive Health Care

The Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program is a federal Medicaid requirement that ensures low-income children receive comprehensive preventive care. It is designed to identify and treat physical or mental health problems that could interfere with child growth or development. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) set 80 percent as the target for the percentage of Medicaid-enrolled children who should receive EPSDT screenings and services in any given year.2 Arkansas is far from reaching that goal.