Child and Teen Checkups
By Jane Shaw
Child and Teen Checkups Coordinator
Minnesota Department of Human Services
The Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) Program is Minnesota's Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program. It is a preventative health care program for children under 21 years of age who are enrolled in Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare.
Regular checkups are important to ensure your child is growing up healthy. If your child has health problems, early detection and treatment are very important. Also, checkups include information on how to help your child stay healthy. Here is a list of what is included in your child's checkup as well as a schedule of how often your child should get a checkup.
Child & Teen Checkups include:
- Information about good physical health
- Information about thoughts, feelings and relationships with others
- Time to ask questions and get answers about your child's health and development
- Complete physical exam
- Hearing check
- Vision check
- Lab tests
- Checks on development and growth
- Referral to the dentist
Get Child and Teen Checkups health checks:
- Between birth and 1 month
- At 2, 4, 6, 9, 12, 15 and 18 months
- At 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 years
- Every two years after age 6
Get regular dental checkups:
- Every year, starting at 3 years (or earlier if needed)
Child and Teen Checkups health checks are available from:
- Your doctor or clinic
- Some local public health departments
Children enrolled in a health plan must get their Child and Teen Checkups services from providers in their health plan.
Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare pay for Child & Teen Checkups services.
Child and Teen Checkups are for:
- Children and teens, birth to age 21
- Children and teens enrolled in Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare
Need help to find a doctor or dentist? Make an appointment? Find transportation? Find an interpreter?
- Call your county human services or public health agency. Talk to a Child and Teen Checkups staff person, or
- Dial your health plan member services number.
- Go to MinnesotaHelp.Info to help you find what you need in your community.
- For transportation under MinnesotaCare, call (800) 657-3672 (toll-free) or (651) 431-2792 (Twin Cities)