9 October 2019
Medicaid Fast Facts • T he Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit un- der Medicaid recognizes that a caregiver’s health contributes to the child’s overall health and well-being.7 Under EPSDT, caregivers can be screened for depression and receive treatment at no additional cost if the child is covered under Medicaid, regardless of their coverage. [...] • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) allows pediatric health care providers to cover screening and treatment of caregiver depression for non-Medicaid eligible mothers so long as both the child and caregiver are present, and services focus on the effects of the mother’s condition on the child and the child’s benefit.8 Effective Jan. [...] 7 V ikki Wachmo, “Maternal Depression Screening and Treatment: A Critical Role for Medicaid in the Care of Mothers and Children” (Informational Bulletin) (Baltimore, Md.: Centers for Medicaid and CHIP Services, May 11, 2016), 8 V ikki Wachmo, “Maternal Depression Screening and Treatment: A Critical Role for Medicaid in the Ca. [...] Share the impact of caregiver depression on children’s developmental health and refer to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommendations that new mothers be screened for postpartum depression at their child’s well-visits at 1, 2, 4, and 6 months of age.14 Medicaid Fast Facts Talk to your coalition partners and pediatric providers about the central role that Medicaid plays in improving chi. [...] As a result, these children may struggle through adulthood and end up in poverty, facing the same risks of depression as their caregivers.19 Medicaid can help improve health outcomes for caregivers and children affected by depression and break this cycle of poverty, depression and poor early childhood development because: > Nearly one half of children receive health coverage by Medicaid and Medica.