Public Health – CHDP

For what other reasons can a child receive a CHDP exam?


  • School entry
  • Sports/camp physical
  • Foster care
  • History of prenatal problems
  • Evidence of significant developmental disability 

How can I continue full scope Medi-Cal for my child after the temporary 2 month coverage is over?


At your child's CHDP exam, ask for a joint Medi-Cal & Healthy Families application. Fill out the application and return it to the state Medi-Cal office in the envelope provided. If you need help filling out this application, call the CHDP Program at 707-784-8670 or 1-800-826-3452. We can refer you to a certified application assistor, who will help you complete the application.

How can I find a CHDP provider office near my home?


For a CHDP provider in your city, call our CHDP office at 707-784-8670 or 1-800-826-3452.

How do I use my child's temporary full scope Medi-Cal?


If your child receives temporary full scope Medi-Cal from the CHDP doctor's office, you will receive a paper with your child's temporary Medi-Cal number on it. You can use this paper to get medical and dental services. Within a week, you will receive a plastic Benefits Identification Card from the state Medi-Cal office. You can use this temporary card at any Medi-Cal provider office for services, such as dentistry, laboratory, pharmacy, etc. The Medi-Cal or Denti-Cal provider will verify your temporary coverage at every visit.

How often can my child get a CHDP exam?
Children can have a CHDP exam during all of these age ranges:
Under 1 month

  • 1-2 months
  • 3-4 months
  • 5-6 months
  • 7-9 months
  • 10-12 months
  • 13-15 months
  • 16-23 months
  • 2 years
  • 3 years
  • 4-5 years
  • 6-8 years
  • 9-12 years
  • 13-16 years
  • 17-20 years  

What do I need to bring to a CHDP doctor's visit?


If your child does not have full-scope Medi-Cal, the CHDP doctor's office will ask you to fill out a one-page CHDP Pre-Enrollment Application that asks for your family income. Proof of residency or income is not required.

If your child has full-scope Medi-Cal, bring your child's Benefits Identification Card (BIC Card) to the CHDP doctor's office. This is the plastic white card that you receive from the state.

What does a CHDP exam include?

  • A complete head-to-toe physical
  • Immunizations (vaccines)
  • Growth and development check
  • Teeth and gum check
  • Hearing and vision test
  • Nutrition check
  • Test for anemia, lead poison, and other lab tests
  • Health education

What if the CHDP doctor finds a medical or dental problem during a CHDP exam?


The cost of needed medical care will be paid by the CHDP Program through Medi-Cal. This includes follow-up appointments with other doctors, medications, eye glasses, etc.

The cost of needed dental care will be paid by the CHDP Program through Denti-Cal.

What is the CHDP Program?


The Child Health and Disability Prevention (CHDP) Program is a statewide preventive health program which provides free well-child health examinations and services to eligible infants, children and teens. Eligible children are able to obtain 2 months of temporary Medi-Cal coverage.

Who is eligible for a CHDP exam?


Low income children from birth to 19 years of age
Children with Medi-Cal from birth to 21 years of age

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