Staying Healthy

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Get Check-Ups Regularly

It is important to get check-ups from your doctor on a regular schedule. This is true even if you feel healthy. There are many reasons to get preventive care check-ups. The information you learn will help you take charge of your health!

Check-ups will help you:
  • Get immunizations (shots) that can help keep you or your child from getting sick.
  • Check if your child is growing and developing at the right pace.
  • Catch early warning signs before a disease or illness gets worse.
  • Check vital statistics so your doctor can compare them when you or your child does get sick.
  • Get advice on eating better, quitting smoking, dental care or other healthy living tips.


Preventive Care for Adults

Adults do not need as many check-ups as children. However, preventive care is still important to keep you healthy, especially as you get older.

Please remember that all preventive care you get is covered by MDwise. We encourage you to get all recommended preventive services. To learn about what preventive care you need and when, visit For HIP members, this will not be taken out of your POWER Account. If you get preventive care every year and you have money left over in your POWER Account, part of that money will be rolled over to your POWER Account for next year. This could result in lower contribution payments.

If you are in HIP Basic or HIP State Plan Basic and DO NOT get the preventive care that you need, any money left over in your POWER Account at the end of the calendar year will not roll over to the next year.

If you are in HIP Plus or HIP State Plan Plus and you get any recommended preventive service every calendar year, you will be eligible to have your roll-over money doubled. This may result in much lower or no contributions due the next year. If you DO NOT get the preventive care you need, part of the money left in your POWER Account will be rolled over, but it will not be doubled.


Immunizations (shots)

Immunizations are shots that help the body fight disease. Children will receive immunizations (shots) during some check-ups based on their age. Children must have all the shots they need before they can start school. Below is a list of shots recommended for children, but always check with your child's doctor on what shots he or she needs. If you would like to view more detailed information please visit to learn more. If you have concerns about the number of shots or other questions, talk to your doctor. Shots help your child and others stay healthy.
  • Hep B = Hepatitis B 
  • RV = rotavirus 
  • DTaP = diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis 
  • Tdap = tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis booster 
  • Hib = Haemophilus influenza type b 
  • IPV = inactivated polio 
  • PCV/PPSV = pneumococcal 
  • HPV = human papilloma vaccine 
  • VAR = varicella (chicken pox) 
  • Hep A = Hepatitis A 
  • MMR = measles, mumps, rubella 
  • Flu = influenza 
  • MCV4 = meningococcal

person-heartbeat-icon.pngTIP: Regular check-ups help you and your doctor get to know each other. This will help your doctor understand your needs when you are sick. Regular visits will help you feel you can trust your doctor about your health.

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Check-Ups for Children

Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) is a program for children and adolescents under the age of 21. The EPSDT program checks children to catch problems early. These check-ups help ensure your child is growing up healthy. If the doctor finds a problem, they will help your child get the care and services that they need. EPSDT services are a covered benefit for HIP members ages 19 and 20 and a covered benefit for all Hoosier Healthwise members under the age of 21.

Children should get check-ups regularly on or before the ages listed below:
  • 3–5 days.
  • 1 month.
  • 2 months.
  • 4 months.
  • 6 months.
  • 9 months.
  • 12 months.
  • 15 months.
  • 18 months.
  • 24 months.
  • 30 months.
  • Every year starting at age 3 and older.

EPSDT check-ups may include (based on child's age and health needs):

  • Medical history.
  • Physical exam.
  • Growth and development checks (social, personal, language and motor skills).
  • Vision screens.
  • Hearing screens.
  • Dental screens.
  • Nutrition assessment or screening.
  • Lab tests including lead testing.
  • Mental health and substance abuse.
  • Immunizations (shots).
  • Health education for parents.
  • Referrals for diagnosis and/or treatment when needed.

It is important for children to have a check-up at each recommended age even if they are healthy.

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Lead poisoning is a common sickness you should know about. It can be very harmful to children and pregnant women.

Where does lead poisoning come from?

  • Getting lead dust from old paint on hands or toys that get put in your child’s mouth.
  • Breathing in lead dust from old paint.
  • Eating chips of old paint or dirt that contain lead.
  • Drinking water from pipes lined or soldered with lead.

What does lead poisoning do?


Lead in your child’s blood can be harmful. High levels can cause:

  • Learning disabilities.
  • Behavioral problems.
  • Seizures.
  • Coma.
  • Death.

Talk to your doctor about lead testing. Children should get a blood lead test when they are 12 months old. They should be tested again when they are 24 months old. Children should be tested between ages three and six years if they were not ever tested before.

High lead levels in pregnant women can harm their unborn children. If you are pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about lead poisoning. It is important to determine if you should be tested for lead. High levels of lead in pregnant women can harm their unborn child.

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