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Getting good health care for your children should not be a problem....and with the Mississippi Cool Kids program it's not.

Mississippi Cool Kids (EPSDT) is a FREE health care program for Mississippi's children ages birth through 21 who are eligible for Medicaid. It provides a way for children to get medical exams, checkups, follow-up treatment, and special care they need to make sure they enjoy the benefits of good health. It is sponsored by the Office of the Governor, Division of Medicaid.

Maternal and Child Health Services

Frequently Asked Questions:
Download the Mississippi Cool Kids (EPSDT) Information Pamphlet
What Does a Mississippi Cool Kids Examination Include? What Other Services Does Mississippi Cool Kids Provide? Where can a Mississippi Cool Kids Examination be Performed?
Your child's Mississippi Cool Kids exam will include:
  • A complete physical examination
  • Hearing and vision examinations
  • Any shots that are needed
  • Necessary blood and urine tests
  • Blood lead levels
  • An examination of your child's development including how he or she behaves, walks, talks, dresses, climbs and eats
  • An evaluation of your family's nutritional habits including what foods your child and his or her family eat
  • Medical referral or referral to another health care provider if special problems are discovered during the exam
  • Preventive/restorative dental care
  • Eyeglasses and hearing aids
  • Adolescent counseling services
  • Additional treatments and services that may be needed (such as additional office visits, prescriptions, and other therapy services)
  • Help with transportation and appointments scheduling.

    The Division of Medicaid complies with all state and federal policies which prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, national origin, handicap, or disability as defined through The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
A Mississippi Cool Kids examination can be performed in an Approved Mississippi Cool Kids Clinic (listed below):

  • Local County Health Departments
  • Limited School Systems
  • Private and Public Provider Clinics
  • Federally Qualified Health Clinics (FQHC)
  • Rural Health Clinics (RHC)

How Can a Child Receive Mississippi Cool Kids Screen Services through Medicaid? How Often Should an Examination be Done?
If you have questions about Mississippi Cool Kids, or you want to find out if your child is eligible for Medicaid, call toll-free 1-800-421-2408, or contact your nearest Medicaid Regional Office.
  • Birth to 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 12 months
  • 15 months
  • 18 months
  • once a year for ages 2 - 21 years

Expanded Mississippi Cool Kids Services includes any medical services for children from birth to 21 that are found during a Mississippi Cool Kids exam and are deemed medically necessary by a Medical Review Team within the Bureau of Maternal/Child Health Services. These services include:
  • Adolescent counseling services
  • Additional treatments and services that may be needed
    (such as additional office visits, prescriptions, and therapy services)
The School Health Related Services Program was designed to identify children who have a learning problem because of a medical problem which requires special services. Once the child is identified an IEP (Individual Education Plan) listing services they need is then completed by the school. The schools have employed people with special training to assist children with special needs. Services that will be performed by the school are:
  • Speech/Language Therapy and Evaluations
  • Occupational Therapy and Evaluations
  • Physical Therapy and Evaluations
  • Psychological Evaluations
  • Psychotherapy Services
  • MS Cool Kids School Health Manual
The School-Based Administrative Claiming (SBAC) Program reimburses MS public school districts enrolled in the program, for some health care outreach services that are not reimbursable under the School Health-Related Services Program.
Early Intervention / Targeted Case Management (EI/TCM) is an active, ongoing process that involves activities carried out by a case manager to assist and enable a child (0 to 3 years of age) enrolled and participating in the Mississippi Early Intervention Program gain access to needed medical, social, educational and other services. These activities include but are not limited to:
  • Arranging for and coordinating the development of the child's IFSP (Individualized Family Service Plan)
  • Arranging for the delivery of the needed services as identified in the IFSP
  • Obtaining, preparing and maintaining case records, documenting contacts, service needs, reports the child's progress, etc.
  • Providing case consultation (i.e., with the service providers/collaterals in determining child's status and progress)


Family Planning Waiver Demonstration Program

The Division of Medicaid Family Planning Waiver Demonstration Program originally began on October 1, 2003. Renewal of the Program was October 1, 2008.

Effective October 1, 2008, beneficiaries enrolled in the Family Planning Waiver Demonstration may have a prescription for contraceptives written by any Medicaid participating provider filled at their local Medicaid participating pharmacy.

These contraceptives include:
  • Contraceptive patches
  • Self-inserted contraceptive products (like NuvaRing)
  •  Oral contraceptive agents (pills)
  •  Injectable contraceptives (like Depo-Provera)

Participants must meet the following eligibility criteria:
  • Have family income at or below 185% of the Federal poverty guidelines
  • Are of childbearing age; specifically, 13 - 44 years of age.
  • Must not have had a procedure that prevents pregnancy
Women certified as eligible for family planning services under this Demonstration Waiver will remain Medicaid eligible with eligibility re-certification every year. Loss of eligibility will occur when a woman moves from the state, becomes eligible for another aid category, becomes pregnant, reaches the age of 44, has a procedure done that prevents them from becoming pregnant or request that her case be closed.

These women will be eligible for Medicaid coverage of family planning services only. This includes one annual visit and visits related to their birth control methods. The AVRS eligibility transaction response will identify these women as eligible for family planning services only, in Aid Category 029 (Family Planning). They will also be issued a yellow Medicaid Card to denote that they are in the Family Planning Waiver Demonstration Program. These women will not be eligible to receive any other Medicaid benefits.

Perinatal High Risk Management/Infant Services System (PHRM/ISS) is a multidisciplinary case management program established to help improve access to health care and to provide enhanced services to certain Medicaid-eligible pregnant/postpartum women and infants. The enhanced services for this target population include case management, psychosocial and nutritional counseling/assessments, home visits and health education.

The goal of the PHRM/ISS Program is to help reduce the infant mortality rate to no more than 7 deaths per 1,000 live births and to help reduce the low-birth weight rate to no more than 5% of all births. The very low-birth weight rate should be reduced to 1% of all births.

The primary role and responsibility of the PHRM/ISS team is to ensure access to needed services Services include but are not limited to:
  • finding doctors for maternity/child care
  • assisting with referrals to specialists
  • reviewing delivery plans
  • referring to outreach services such as WIC, Family Planning, NET, or Preventive Health Services
  • Providing Health Education/Counseling that is risk appropriate
  • Home Visits
Download the PHRM/ISS Flyer
Download the PHRM/ISS Active Provider List
Vaccines for Children is a federally funded and state-operated program that began October, 1994. The program provides vaccines free of charge to VFC eligible children through public and private providers. (Providers are reimbursed by Medicaid for shot administration only.)


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