If your child does not have health insurance, free testing is available from your local health department.
Does insurance cover this cost?
Every health insurance plan in New Jersey covering a group of 50 or more persons, including Health Maintenance Organizations (HMO) and Managed Care Organizations (MCO), is required to cover the cost of lead testing without any deductible.
If your health insurance plan covers a group of 49 or less persons, your child can receive testing on a sliding fee scale (based on your household’s income) from a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
What is the role of my child's health care provider?
Your child’s health care provider will explain the test results, tell you when retesting is needed, and provide prevention information.
You may be asked the following questions to determine if your child needs testing more frequently than New Jersey’s testing law.
Does your child live in or regularly visit a house with peeling or chipping paint built before 1978?
Does your child live in or regularly visit a house built before 1978 with recent, ongoing or planned renovations?
Does your child live with an adult whose job or hobby involves exposure to lead?
Did your child have an elevated blood lead level the last time he or she was screened?
What happens if my child has an elevated blood lead level?
Your child's health care provider will:
Tell you when your child needs to be retested
Provide prevention information to reduce or eliminate your child’s further exposure
Work with your local health department
Your local health department will:
Arrange a home visit by a nurse case manager and lead inspector/risk assessor
Educate you about the effects and prevention of elevated blood lead levels
Assist in testing of siblings, other children and pregnant women living in the same household
Educate about nutrition, handwashing, housekeeping, and other ways to reduce your exposures
Assess your family’s needs for community resources
Collect information about your home
Test painted surfaces
Determine sources of lead exposure in your neighborhood
Test other possible sources of lead such as water, soil, play structures and consumer products such as toys.