Infant Lead Screening

Testing Mandate

The Pennsylvania Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) program now requires that all children with Medical Assistance receive a minimum of 2 blood lead screenings regardless of the child’s risk factors. The tests should be conducted at the 9 month screening and again during the 24 month screening.
The good news is these screening tests will not cost our members anything! You can schedule an appointment with your child’s pediatrician to have his or her blood levels checked. If you don’t have a pediatrician, you can find one close to you through our Find a Doctor tool.

Why Get Your Child Tested?

  • Lead is a naturally occurring metal that can cause serious health problems.
  • Potential lead sources include paint (especially in older homes), toys, soil, dust and plumbing.
  • Lead is toxic to everyone, but young children are at greatest risk for health problems from lead poisoning.
  • Blood lead testing can find lead exposure early and prevent long-term damage.

Lead Screening FAQ's

Who Can I Call With Questions?

We always encourage honest conversations with your child’s doctor regarding your concerns.

If you have questions regarding:

  • Coordinating your child’s care,
  • Scheduling appointments,
  • Help with transportation problems, or
  • Questions about your child’s lead test or
  • Other wellness visits,

Please contact the Highmark Wholecare Care Navigator Team in the Special Needs Unit for assistance at 1-800-392-1147.

This information is issued on behalf of Highmark Wholecare, coverage by Gateway Health Plan, which is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Highmark Wholecare serves a Medicaid plan to Blue Shield members in 13 counties in central Pennsylvania, as well as, to Blue Cross Blue Shield members in 14 counties in western Pennsylvania. Highmark Wholecare serves Medicare Dual Special Needs plans (D-SNP) to Blue Shield members in 14 counties in northeastern Pennsylvania, 12 counties in central Pennsylvania, 5 counties in southeastern Pennsylvania, and to Blue Cross Blue Shield members in 27 counties in western Pennsylvania.

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