August is Back to School Month and National Immunization Awareness Month.
Calling the pediatrician should be at the top of the to-do list for parents and caregivers so that children can see their doctors for routine well-child visits before school starts.
Importance of In-Person, Well-Child Visits
- Healthy weight and nutrition
- Track developmental milestones
- Mental health screenings and social-emotional development
- Routine vaccinations against 17 preventable childhood diseases
- Positive parenting support
PA Families Have Options for Affordable Health Insurance!
No family makes too little or too much to get health insurance. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are open for enrollment 365 days a year. Sign your child up for free or low-cost health insurance today and get peace of mind knowing they’re covered.
Medicaid 1-866-550-4355 or online
CHIP 1-800-986-KIDS (5437) or online
Additionally, Pennsylvania’s health insurance marketplace, Pennie™, became even more affordable for families thanks to the recently passed American Rescue Plan. Sign up today during the COVID relief open enrollment through August 15, 2021. Or enroll in coverage any time of the year during a qualifying life event, like losing health insurance or having a baby.
Pennie™ 1-844-844-8040 or online
Vaccines for Children Program Offers Free Vaccines!
The Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Vaccines for Children (VFC) Program provides vaccines at no cost to children who do not have health insurance or children whose insurance does not cover immunizations.
Learn more at 1-877-PA HEALTH (1-877-724-3258)
Fact Sheet: Pediatric Visits and Childhood Immunizations: Getting PA Kids Back in School and Back on Schedule