The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and its partner agencies have been working to improve guidance regarding Medicaid coverage of vision and hearing services for children. CMS has now posted these webpages:
- Vision and Hearing Screening Services for Children & Adolescents
- Vision: At a minimum, diagnosis and treatment for defects in vision, including eyeglasses. Vision services must be provided according to a distinct periodicity schedule developed by the state and at other intervals as medically necessary.
- Hearing: At a minimum, hearing services include diagnosis and treatment for defects in hearing, including hearing aids.
- Steps States Can Take to Ensure Children and Adolescents Receive Vision Services
The EPSDT page on Medicaid.gov has been updated to include links to the Vision and Hearing page.