N. Ky. health department stops well-child exams

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Associated Press

Posted on May 21, 2013 at 11:02 AM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. (AP) — The health department in northern Kentucky says it plans to stop offering well-child visits because Medicaid no longer offers reimbursement for them.

Health department spokeswoman Emily Gresham Wherle told The Kentucky Enquirer (http://bit.ly/18eOAvu) that the agency will honor current appointments but will not schedule any new appointments. She said parents would need to take their children to a family doctor or a pediatrician for routine checkups.

Gresham Wherle said many families have chosen to bring their children to the health department for well-visits because it is convenient or because they haven't chosen a primary care physician.

That won't be an option going forward, but she says children can still receive vaccinations at the agency as long as they are assigned to a primary care physician.

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Information from: The Kentucky Enquirer, http://www.nky.com

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