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N. Ky. health department stops well-child exams

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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 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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