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Plan Now for Back to School Health Checkups, Vaccines—and More

Moms and Dads—it’s time to get your child ready for back to school.

Whether that means daycare, preschool, or K-12, Parkland HEALTHfirst (STAR Medicaid) and KIDSfirst (CHIP) can help!

Your HEALTHfirst or KIDSfirst coverage offers:

  • well-child checkups
  • vaccines
  • sports physical exams
  • vision exams and eyeglasses
  • dental checkups

Babies and toddlers should see the doctor several times a year.

After age three, most children will need a checkup only once a year. Summer is the perfect time to schedule their yearly exam.

During a well-child checkup, the doctor will:

  • give an overall physical exam
  • measure weight and height
  • ask about any concerns
  • give vaccines (shots) if needed
  • give other important tests and services
  • refer your child for diagnosis and treatment, if necessary

If you are a member of Parkland HEALTHfirst or KIDSfirst, there is no cost to you for your child’s checkup.

If your child attends daycare or school, they will need to be up to date on their vaccines.

Vaccines help to protect your child from serious health problems.

Your doctor will give vaccines to your child during their well-child exam, if needed. Be sure to bring your child’s vaccine record to every doctor’s visit.

Does your son or daughter play a school sport, such as soccer, basketball, or volleyball?

Many leagues or school teams require the players to have health insurance. They also require players to get a sports physical exam. This is different than a well-child checkup.

If your child (age 3 to 19) is enrolled in HEALTHfirst or KIDSfirst, they can get one sports physical exam per school year as part of the plan’s value-added services. There is no cost to you or your child.

Good vision is important everywhere, but especially in the classroom. Schedule a vision checkup before school starts. This will help you to make sure your child can see close up and far away without any problems.

HEALTHfirst and KIDSfirst insurance includes:

  • an eye exam and prescription eyeglasses once every 12 months
  • more services if your child’s vision changes

Your child can get a $150 allowance every year for frames as part of your plan’s value-added services.

Ready to find an eye doctor and eyeglass store in the Parkland HEALTHfirst or KIDSfirst plan network?

Call Avēsis at 1-866-678-7113 or go to their website.

Your child’s HEALTHfirst or KIDSfirst plan covers visits to the dentist every six months. You should start taking your child to the dentist when they are six months old.

Regular checkups help to prevent tooth decay. These exams also let the dentist fix any small problems before they get bigger.

Do you need to find a dentist near you?

Or do you have questions about HEALTHfirst or KIDSfirst dental coverage?

Call your child’s dental provider:

Call Member Services:

1-888-672-2277 HEALTHfirst Medicaid STAR
1-888-814-2352 KIDSfirst CHIP/CHIP Perinate
(TTY 7-1-1)
Monday to Friday
8 am to 5 pm