EPSDT/TENNderCARE Well-Child Checkup

EPSDT/TENNderCARE Well-Child Checkup

What is a TENNderCARE Well-Child Checkup?


TENNderCARE is a program for BlueCare and TennCareSelect members under age 21. The program provides free EPSDT* regular medical, mental and dental checkups that help prevent illness.

TENNderCARE Well-Child Checkups are Important ... and They Are Free!
Well-child checkups help:

  • Prevent Illness. Regular checkups and proper immunizations help youngsters stay healthy.
  • Find Problems Early. Your child may look healthy. But your child could still have a health problem. Regular checkups help find problems early before they become serious.

A Well-Child Visit Includes:

  • A complete health and development history
  • Comprehensive physical exam
  • Needed immunizations (shots)
  • Needed lab tests
  • Health education
  • Vision and hearing testing
  • Dental screening

Additional Well-Child Services Include:

  • Follow-up care if a problem is found
  • Referral to a specialist if needed
  • Dental checkups every six months starting at age three. Or sooner if a problem is found.

A Checkup Is Just a Call Away!
For an appointment, just call your child’s primary care practitioner (PCP) or dentist.

Need Help?

  • To get a ride to your PCP’s or dentist’s office for an EPSDT visit, call your local Community Services Agency listed in the Quick Reference section of your Member Handbook or Directory.
  • If you need more information about transportation, well-child checkups or help with making an appointment, call Customer Service. The number is on the back of your member ID card. Hours are Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., EST.

Keep a Record of Your Child’s Free TENNderCARE Well-Child Checkups and Shots
Regular well-child checkups and shots are important at the ages listed on the chart below.
The blue boxes on the chart show when your child should have checkups, dental exams and shots. Print out the table and write the date each service was done in the blue boxes.
*Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment

Click the example for a printable chart:

printable chart

Keep Your Child Healthy. Schedule a Free EPSDT Checkup.

What is EPSDT?
Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Services is a program that provides regular medical,
mental and dental checkups for your child, up to age 21.

EPSDT Checkups are Important...and They Are Free!

EPSDT checkups help:

  • Prevent Illness. Regular checkups and proper immunizations help youngsters stay healthy.
  • Find Problems Early. Your child may look healthy. But your child could still have a health problem. Regular checkups help find problems early before they become serious.

An EPSDT Visit Includes:

  • A complete health and development history
  • An unclothed physical exam
  • Needed immunizations (shots)
  • Needed lab tests
  • Health education
  • Vision and hearing testing
  • Dental screening

Additional EPSDT Services Include:

  • Follow-up care if a problem is found
  • Dental checkups every six months starting at age three. Or sooner if a problem is found.

An EPSDT Checkup Is Just a Call Away!
For an appointment, just call your child's primary care practitioner (PCP) or dentist.

Need Help?

  • For a ride to your PCP's or dentist's office, call your local Community Services Agency listed in the Quick Reference section of your BlueCare Member Handbook or Directory.
  • For more information about EPSDT checkups or transportation, call the Customer Service Number listed on the back of your BlueCare ID card.

Keep a Record of Your Child's Free EPSDT Checkups and ShotsGood health doesn't just happen. Regular EPSDT checkups and shots are important at the ages listed on the chart below. The blue boxes on the chart show when your child should have checkups, dental exams and shots. Keep a record. Print out the table and write the date each service was done in the blue boxes

need chart Click the example for a printable chart:

printable chart

The CDC recommends the influenza vaccine yearly for children ages 6 to 23 months.This chart is just a guide. Check with your child's PCP for times of shots and checkups for your child. Immunization chart (Jun-Dec. '04) adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

* Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment
** BlueCare and TennCareSelect recommend a well-child checkup every year from birth to 20 years

HMO Benefits are administered by Volunteer State Health Plan, Inc., a licensed HMO affiliate of BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, Inc. No person on the grounds of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion or disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or service provided by Volunteer State Health Plan, Inc

Page Modified:May 18, 2012