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Health Check visits

Picture of a boy being examined by a doctor.Keeping kids healthy is an important goal for Georgia Families.

We know how busy you can be juggling family schedules, but it’s important to make time for your children’s health.

Children who are Medicaid members or in PeachCare for Kids should get regular checkups called Health Check visits. Regular checkups from birth through age 18 will help your healthy kids grow up to be healthy adults.

With regular Health Check visits, the doctor and people who work in the doctor’s office will get to know your children and their health care needs. The doctor can identify any problems early on. The doctor can also answer your questions about how your children are growing, what they should be eating and how they are feeling day to day. When your children are teens, the doctor can talk with them about exercise, good sleep habits, drugs and alcohol, and HIV/AIDS.

At each Health Check visit, the doctor will check your child’s eyes and hearing, height and weight, and teeth and gums, to ensure that the child is growing in healthy ways. The doctor will also give your child shots for immunization, do physical exams that are required for school, and run routine lab tests that check for hard to find illnesses.

You can get on a Health Check schedule by calling your health plan and you can make appointments with your children’s doctor. Let the doctor’s office know you want to get regular checkups for your kids from birth through adulthood. You can find the phone number for the plan on the back of your health plan card.

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  1. Francesco G

    Your website is actually very informative. Many thanks for that.

    1. GA Moderator

      Thank you very much for your feedback! Please let us know if you have any other comments or suggestions for improving our website.

      We invite you to visit our website often for new and exciting information about the Georgia Families program at http://www.georgia-families.com.

  2. Otha Hoschander

    I really appreciate what you’re doing here. Keep posting that way. Take care!

    1. GA Moderator

      Thank you very much for your comment!

      Please let us know if there are any blog topics that you would like to see in the future!

  3. Marks Joiner

    Hi there!

    Nice informative topic regarding children’s health check ups. Really, it is very helpful for parents to take their children for check ups on a regular basis.

    Thanks

    1. GA Moderator

      We here at Georgia Families totally agree! Health Checks are essential for growing children to become healthy teens and adults.

      Thank you for your great comment!

  4. GA Moderator

    Thank you very much!

  5. Rebecca

    I was wanting to know how do I get a copy of approved eye doctors in the Saint Marys, GA area? Or, if anyone knows a good eye doctor around that takes Medicaid?

    1. GA Moderator

      If you are a member of one of the health plans, simply contact them directly and they will help you locate a provider in your area. The contact information for each of the health plans is listed below:

       Amerigroup Community Care
      1-800-600-4441 (http://www.myamerigroup.com)

       WellCare of Georgia
      1-866-231-1821 (http://www.wellcare.com)

       Peach State Health Plan
      1-866-704-1484 (http://www.pshpgeorgia.com)

      Should you have any additional questions or concerns about our program, please contact the Georgia Families Enrollment Center at 1-888-GA-ENROLL (1-888-423-6765) or visit our website again at http://www.georgia-families.com.

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