A preventive care program available through Nevada Medicaid and Nevada Check Up, Healthy Kids helps children more readily access regular health care. Whether your children need eye glasses, dental care, or immunizations, Healthy Kids can provide necessary services through Medicaid. In addition to routine services such as immunizations and annual physicals, the program also provides referrals for developmental problems, vision, hearing and dental problems, and even family issues.
Who is Eligible
Healthy Kids is offered to Medicaid eligible individuals up to age 21. Preventive services are also offered to children in families with earnings above the TANF income limits and below the Child Health Assurance Program (CHAP) limits. Children up to age 5 with family income at or below 133 percent of the poverty level, and children between 6 and 20 with income at 100 percent of the federal poverty line qualify for CHAP and Healthy Kids.
Children born to Medicaid-eligible pregnant women automatically qualify for Medicaid until their first birthday, even if their family income changes. Such children are eligible for the Healthy Kids program. Additionally, if you qualify for the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) supplemental nutrition program or Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), you may be eligible for Healthy Kids.
To find out if you qualify for benefits through Healthy Kids (if you are not already a recipient of Medicaid), contact your local Nevada State Welfare District Office. Meeting with an eligibility worker, you will need to provide several documents to prove your income and identity, including receipts for rent and utilities, paycheck stubs, birth certificates, Social Security cards, marriage or divorce papers, and proof of registration if a registered alien.
Healthy Kids is also categorized as Early Periodic Screening Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT), which aims to keep children healthy through medical check ups, or well child exams. EPSDT exams include screenings for hearing and vision, as well as routine dental check ups. The purpose of preventive care is to recognize any symptoms of health problems before a patient feels sick, which can then be treated early. Healthy Kids includes the following services:
- Well child exams including health history, eating habits, vision and hearing tests, and a growth and development check.
- Dental checkups including a complete exam and cleaning twice yearly. Fluoride treatment and sealants are also covered.
- Follow up treatment and care if a health problem is discovered during an exam
- Benefits not typically covered by Nevada Medicaid or Nevada Check Up
EPSDT Checkup Ages
There are recommended ages for a child to receive EPSDT checkups, and if they have missed one of the following, it is necessary to take your child in for an exam as soon as possible.
- Newborns: as soon as possible after birth
- Babies: ages 1, 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, and 24 months (shots are due at many of these visits)
- Toddlers: ages 3, 4, and 5 years old (more shots are due at some of these visits)
- Children: ages 6, 8, 10, and 12 years old
- Teenagers and Young Adults: ages 14, 16, 18, and 20
1. Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. “Healthy Kids”. http://dhcfp.nv.gov/hk.htm.