Is your child a CHPW member? Get their blood lead levels tested.
Being exposed to lead can cause long-term health problems for children, including:
- Slowed growth and development
- Damage to the brain or nervous system
- Behavior problems
- Hearing and speech problems
- Trouble learning/difficulty in school
It’s important to catch high blood lead levels early. Blood lead level screenings are covered for Community Health Plan of Washington (CHPW) members at 12 and 24 months.
When should I take my child for a lead screening?
Children should have their blood lead levels tested when they turn 1 and 2 years old (at 12 and 24 months).
CHPW actively checks for members who have not had their lead screenings yet, as well as members at higher risk for lead exposure. CHPW case managers will reach out to you to schedule lead screenings.
If your child will turn 12 or 24 months old soon, and you want to schedule a screening—or if you have questions about CHPW’s lead screening coverage—please contact customer service.
What happens if my child has high blood lead levels?
Case management will help:
- Direct you to CHPW health management
- Help you get the lead levels in your home tested
- Assist you in getting a primary care provider (PCP) in CHPW’s network, if you don’t already have one
- Connect you to community programs for managing your child’s health and helping them reach their full potential
CHPW helps you get the tools you need to support your child’s best health. You’re not alone.