Take Action!

We can meet the Healthy People goal to eliminate childhood lead poisoning. But we all need to be advocates with city, state, and federal officials to help ensure that every at-risk child has access to rapid lead testing:

  • State Medicaid plans must ensure that healthcare practitioners receive adequate reimbursement for blood-lead screening and follow-up services
  • Managed care contracts and state policies should be amended to require plans to offer point-of-care blood-lead testing to at-risk children outside of capitation fee schedules, if necessary
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers and others that serve low-income children need funding to ensure that all children can receive point-of-care blood-lead testing
  • Restrictive state regulations governing laboratories, blood-lead testing, and reporting need to be updated to support in-office and community-based testing made possible by the FDA clearance of the CLIA-waived blood-lead-testing device
To learn more about LeadCare II tests, call +1 800.305.0197


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HOW ARE CHILDREN EXPOSED TO LEAD?

Lead sources may include: paint chips, dust, & soil in or around older (pre-1978) buildings older painted objects leaded glass, crystal, pewter, & ceramic dishes (more likely in painted china & in pottery from Latin America, the Middle East, & India) herbal/traditional remedies & cosmetics from other countries candy from Mexico toys & trinkets
Doctors and Public Health, click here to learn how the LeadCare II system can help you meet your state's blood-lead screening requirements.