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South Dakota's Well-Child Care Program

South Dakota’s Well-Child Care Program helps promote the health and well-being of children and youth on Medicaid/Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). The program provides preventative care and covers general health services which are made available to families once they are eligible for Medicaid.

Services covered include:

  • Health services and treatment of illnesses
  • Vision, hearing and dental services
  • Developmental and nutritional status
  • Lead testing
  • Non-emergency medical transportation services
  • Immunizations
  • Prescription drugs
  • Mental health services

These services are provided to children and youth under age 21 who participate in Medicaid/CHIP.

What do I need to do first?
You can start with a simple check-up. Your child’s Primary Care Provider (PCP) can keep tabs on your child’s health and detect possible concerns before they happen.

These check-ups include an examination and evaluation of your child’s general physical and mental health, growth, development and nutritional status, vision, hearing and dental health status. Whether your child is an infant or teen, regular medical check-ups are necessary.

What do I do next?
When it comes to your child’s healthcare, do not wait for something to happen. If your child is eligible for Medicaid/CHIP, schedule a well-child care check-up today. When your child goes to the check-up, you must bring his or her immunization records and current Medical BenefitsMedical Benefits ID card, as shown here.

In addition, immunizations, physical and developmental screenings along with health education services may be available through your local
community health nurse.

When should I make an appointment for my child?
If you are not sure when to make an appointment for your child, take a look at the suggested check-up and immunization schedule found or click here to learn more.

If my child is not sick, should I still make an appointment?
Regular check-ups help prevent illnesses and it is an easy way to keep up-to-date on your child’s immunizations so still keep and schedule appointments for your child.

What about my child’s immunizations and what do I need to know about blood lead testing?
If there is one thing you can do to keep your child healthy, it’s making sure your child’s immunizations are current and receives them on time.

Children should also be tested for lead in their blood at ages 12 and 24 months. If your child is younger than six and has never been tested, talk with your PCP, as more frequent testing may be advised.

What if my child has special health needs?
If your child has a chronic health condition, Children’s Special Health Services may be able to help.

  • Call 1-800-738-2301 for more information.

What do I do when I cannot find a dentist who will accept Medicaid?
If you have trouble finding a dentist who accepts Medicaid, please call Delta Dental at 1-800-627-3961 for further assistance in finding a dentist to help you and your child.

How do I get reimbursed for travel?
You can be reimbursed for non-emergency medical transportation for things like mileage, lodging and meals. Transportation must be to the closest medical facility or medical provider capable of providing the necessary services. The service must be a Medicaid covered service provided by a medical provider who is enrolled in the South Dakota Medical Assistance Program.

You will not be reimbursed for travel within your city limits and you will not be reimbursed for medical trips to see your PCP.

Are you a parent who smokes or chews tobacco around your child and would like to quit, but not sure how?
While you work to keep your child healthy, you need to stay healthy too and the SD QuitLine can help.

The assistance is completely FREE and you will have access to:

  • professional advice,
  • quitting tobacco materials,
  • nicotine withdrawal medication and
  • referral to local cessation services, if requested.

When you call, your "quit coach" will help you create a personal plan to help you stop and schedule coaching sessions.

  • Call 1-866-SD-QUITS to quit today!

Helpful reminders to keep your child healthy:

  • A child should have a vision check-up by the age of five and every year after that.
  • At the age of one, a child should go in for his/her first dental screening.
  • All children eligible for Medicaid should receive a lead test at 12 and 24 months of age.
  • Doctors can help decide if a lead test is needed and can also recommend treatment if a child has been exposed.
  • If you think your child is having trouble hearing, contact your child’s doctor to see if a hearing test is needed.
  • After the age of three, it is recommended that a child have a regular check-up with his/her doctor every year until age 21.
  • Non-emergency medical transportation services are available to children and youth when traveling to medical appointments if they are on Medicaid/CHIP.
  • Plan ahead. Get your child in for a check-up today. Regular doctor visits are the key to a healthy child.
  • Call 1-800-597-1603 to learn more about well-child care.

Important Numbers to Remember:

  • Medicaid Recipient Number:
    1-800-597-1603
  • Delta Dental Number:
    1-800-627-3961
  • SD Quits Number:
    1-866-SD QUITS
  • Children with Special Needs:
    1-800-738-2301
  • Transportation Services:
    1-866-403-1433
  • Children’s Health Insurance Program:
    1-800-305-3064

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