Developmental & Autism Screenings for Children

HCA Apple Health

Effective for claims with dates of service on and after January 1, 2016, the Health Care Authority (the agency) is implementing the developmental and autism screenings for young children as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Bright Futures Guidelines. This change complies with Substitute Senate Bill 5317 passed in the 2015 legislative session.

For Washington Apple Health clients, the agency will pay for developmental screenings at ages 9 months, 18 months, and 24 months, and autism screenings at age 18 months and 24 months. The agency will update the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment (EPSDT) Provider Guide by January 1, 2016, to reflect this change.