Tennessee's children rank 30th in the nation for health and well being (2015 Kids Count data).
A yearly EPSDT (Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis & Testing), or well-child check up, is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics to promote the early diagnosis and treatment of medical problems.
A full EPSDT/well-child checkup is required for athletes entering the seventh and ninth grades prior to sports participation.
Doctors, nurse practitioners, and some specially trained public health registered nurses are able to perform this exam.
If the school/sport required a sports clearance last year, it will require one this year. If in doubt, have the student get the well-child checkup/EPSDT.
Process for students:
- Visit your family doctor.
- If you have insurance (private or commercial insurance, TennCare, or CoverKids), you should have an assigned doctor. If you do not do know who this doctor is, call your insurance company.
- If you do not have insurance, deterimine if you are eligible for TennCare or CoverKids. Information about these programs is available at: coverkids.com or (866) 311-4287.
- If you do not have insurance and you do not qualify for TennCare or CoverKids, many local health departments offer these services on a sliding-scale fee basis.
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