TennCare Kids/EPSDT

  • TENNderCare/EPSDT
Health care for your child and teen

Check In, Check Up, and Check Back!

TennCare Kids is the name for TennCare's program to keep children healthy. It used to be called EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment).

Every child and teen needs regular health checkups, even if they seem healthy. These visits help your doctor find and treat problems early.

What happens at a well-child checkup?

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

In TennCare Kids, checkups for children are FREE until they reach age 21. TennCare Kids also pays for all medically necessary care to treat problems found at the check-up. This includes medical, dental, speech, hearing, vision, and behavior or mental health problems.

We will also contact you during the year as a reminder that it is time for your child to get a well-child checkup.

If your child hasn't had a check-up lately, call your PCP today for an appointment.

Need help making an appointment? Call Customer Service at: BlueCare℠ Customer Service: 1-800-468-9698 or TennCareSelect Customer Service: 1-800-263-5479 The number is also on the back of your member ID card. The hours are Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., ET.

Need a ride to the office of your child's PCP? Call Southeastrans, Inc. (SETI)**.

Click for more information on non-emergency transportation.

**Southeastrans provides transportation services for BlueCare and TennCareSelect members. Southeastrans is an independent company that does not provide BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee branded products and services.

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