A Conversation with State Officials on Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage

Oral health is an important part of overall health, however, access to dental coverage for low-income adults remains a challenge, particularly since these benefits are optional for state Medicaid programs. In this webinar, state officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits— share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits; how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations. NASHP also provides an overview of a new brief that draws out lessons for state policymakers on these topics.

This webinar is supported by the DentaQuest Foundation.

Speakers:

  • Bill Heller
    Provider Relations and Dental Program Division Director
    Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Financing
  • MaryAnne Lindeblad
    Medicaid Director
    Washington State Health Care Authority
  • Dr. Bob Russell
    Public Health Dental Director
    Iowa Department of Public Health
  • Moderator:
    Andrew Snyder, NASHP

Please contact Najeia Mention at nmention@nashp.org for more details.