Press Release

July 10, 2017

OHCA Contacts: Jo Stainsby - (405) 522-7474, Cate Jeffries - (405) 522-5616

Checkups for SoonerCare kids on the rise

More children covered under SoonerCare (Oklahoma Medicaid) are receiving preventive health screenings, according to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s (OHCA) annual report on childhood screenings to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).  

Under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit, SoonerCare members under the age of 21 can receive annual preventive screenings, including developmental checks, immunizations, blood lead tests, and vision, hearing and dental screenings.    

In its 2016 Annual EPSDT Participation Report (CMS) to CMS, OHCA data showed that during federal fiscal year 2016, EPSDT participation increased an average of 2.6 percent from the previous year for all children under the age of 21. While newborn and toddler participation has been consistently high, some of the biggest gains in participation include:

·         6-9- year-olds: 4 percent

·         10-14- year-olds: 4 percent

·         15-18- year-olds: 4 percent 

Since 2010, OHCA staff has worked across the state to encourage well-child visits by engaging providers, schools and other community partners.   

“Prevention is key when it comes to ensuring children grow up healthy,” said Becky Pasternik-Ikard, Oklahoma Health Care Authority CEO. “Early and periodic screenings can help parents and caregivers keep track of their child’s development and catch and treat any conditions early.”  

More information about SoonerCare’s child health services is available online at www.okhca.org. The EPSDT report can be found at: www.okhca.org/fastfacts under the ‘Studies and Evaluations’ tab.

 

The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) administers two health programs for the state. The first is SoonerCare, Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. SoonerCare works to improve the health of qualified Oklahomans by ensuring that medically necessary benefits and services are available. Qualifying Oklahomans include certain low-income children, seniors, the disabled, those being treated for breast or cervical cancer and those seeking family planning services. The second program OHCA operates is Insure Oklahoma, which assists qualifying adults and small business employees in obtaining health care coverage for themselves and their families. Currently, there are 842,158 Oklahomans enrolled in OHCA’s programs. The agency contracts with a network of 45,702 providers. For more information, visit www.okhca.org or www.insureoklahoma.org.