Forum Session

Children with Special Health Care Needs and the Role of Medicaid's Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program
December 8, 2006


Christie Provost Peters


This meeting examined children with special health care needs (CSHCN) and the role of Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) program in providing care to this population. The speakers at this session explored the diverse and often costly needs of CSHCN, public and private health coverage for these children, and the challenges states face in administering EPSDT benefits. Speakers also provided their insights regarding state experiences with the EPSDT framework and new state opportunities provided under the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005.


Paul Newacheck, DrPH, Professor of Health Policy and Pediatrics, Institute for Health Policy Studies and Department of Pediatrics, University of California-San Francisco School of Medicine; Sara Rosenbaum, JD, Harold and Jane Hirsch Professor of Health Law and Policy, George Washington University Medical Center; Estelle Richman, Secretary, Department of Public Welfare, State of Pennsylvania

With comments from experts who have administered Medicaid and EPSDT at the state level.

Related Materials

For more information on this topic, see two National Health Policy Forum papers by Christie Provost Peters: a newly released issue brief, "EPSDT: Medicaid’s Critical but Controversial Benefits Program for Children" (Issue Brief 819, November 20, 2006) and "Children with Special Health Care Needs: Minding the Gaps" (Background Paper, June 27, 2005).

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