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Strategies to Improve Medicaid Screening and Treatment for Lead Poisoning

By Anne W. Wengrovitz & Manjusha P. Kulkarni

A current policy of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requires all state Medicaid programs to conduct blood lead tests for all young children as part of the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment program, and national data show that Medicaid children are at increased risk of lead exposure. Still, some states seek permission to implement selective screening. Creative advocacy is needed to ensure that state Medicaid programs meet the needs of Medicaid children at risk of lead poisoning.

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