Children in DHS custody receive medical care through SoonerCare which is Oklahoma’s Medicaid program. All children in DHS custody and residing in out-of-home care are assigned to and receive their medical benefits through SoonerCare. When the SoonerCare case is certified, two medical cards are sent to the county office. The child welfare specialist retains one card and the other is given to the resource parent. The medical card should be shown to the healthcare provider to aid in validating SoonerCare membership enrollment.

Resource parents are responsible for making medical appointments, getting the child to the appointment, getting prescriptions filled and following doctor’s directions for medical care. The resource parent can take the child to any SoonerCare contracted provider who will agree to see the child. We encourage you to locate a primary care physician and make an appointment for a child health check-up as soon as possible. If assistance is needed to find a SoonerCare doctor, call the SoonerCare Helpline at 1-800-987-7767.

The child’s child welfare specialist and resource parent are to ensure that the child receives all needed routine and specialized medical care in a timely manner. Regular health check-ups are important for all children from birth through age 20. Seeing a health care provider on a regular schedule, even when feeling well, may help prevent serious health problems in the future. Children in custody and receiving medical care through SoonerCare need to get their child health check-ups at the ages listed below and at any time a resource parent has a concern:

  • Birth
  • 1 month
  • 2 months
  • 4 months
  • 6 months
  • 12 months (1 year)
  • 18 months
  • 24 months (2 years)
  • 3 years
  • 4 years
  • 5 years
  • 6 years
  • 8 years
  • 10 years
  • 12 years
  • 14 years
  • 16 years
  • 18 years
  • 20 years

If the child placed in your home has any special problems or if you have concerns, your child’s health care provider may recommend additional checkups. These additional visits will be covered as part of the services provided by SoonerCare. The child’s Child Welfare Specialist and supervisor should be informed immediately of any changes in the child’s medical needs.

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