Preventing disease before it starts is critical to helping people live longer, healthier lives. Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) promote prevention by helping millions of beneficiaries gain access to preventive health care services. Preventive health care services include immunizations, screenings for common chronic and infectious diseases and cancers, clinical and behavioral interventions to manage chronic disease and reduce associated risks, and counseling to support healthy living and self-management of chronic disease.
Medicaid allows states to authorize preventive services that are recommended by a physician or a licensed practitioner to be delivered by a broader scope of providers. Creating such opportunities helps to ensure that services are available to assist beneficiaries in maintaining a healthy lifestyle and avoiding unnecessary health care costs (PDF, 145.06 KB) (PDF 145.06 KB). Learn about the important role community health workers can play in the delivery of preventive health services.
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