Oral Health

Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage

Medicaid and CHIP programs are required to offer children’s dental benefits, but coverage of adult dental services is optional for state Medicaid programs. While adult dental coverage is frequently reduced or eliminated when states are faced with fiscal pressures, several states have revisited those decisions. Ensuring coverage for adult dental services in Medicaid can provide […]

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  • Publications

    Oral health is linked to overall health, and mounting evidence suggests that addressing oral health can help states improve patient care, improve population health, and reduce costs. This brief, supported by the Washington Dental Service Foundation, explores how oral health intersects with diabetes, maternal and child health, and avoidable emergency department use. State policies to leverage […]

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    April 20, 2015 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
  • Webinars

    Friday, April 24, 2015 2:00-3:00 PM EDT View Webinar Here Download Slides Here Oral health is linked to overall health, and mounting evidence suggests that addressing oral health can improve patient care, improve population health, and reduce costs. In this webinar, a leading researcher shares findings from a study of private insurance claims linking treatment of […]

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    April 8, 2015 | Filed under: Oral Health, Webinars
  • Oral Health

    Oral health is an important but often overlooked part of health and health coverage. Inadequate access to oral health services is a persistent problem for low-income populations, but states have developed innovative strategies to address it. NASHP’s work highlights how oral health intersects with Medicaid coverage, ACA marketplaces, and state strategies to improve health and […]

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    March 5, 2015 | Filed under: Oral Health
  • Publications

    The Affordable Care Act includes pediatric dental services as one of ten essential health benefits that state and federal health insurance marketplaces must offer. However, dental is treated differently from other essential health benefits, creating unique implementation challenges. With support from the DentaQuest Foundation, NASHP held an expert meeting with state and federal marketplace officials, […]

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    April 24, 2014 | Filed under: Children's Health, Oral Health, Publications, State Exchanges
  • State Health Policy Blog

    All children enrolled in Medicaid are entitled to dental benefits as part of the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment Program (EPSDT), but only 40 percent of enrolled children had a dental visit in 2010. Access to dental care remains an issue for children, and states report that most dentists treat few or no […]

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    November 7, 2012 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Oral Health, State Health Policy Blog
  • Publications

    Oral health remains a serious concern for the health and well being of children, especially those who are low-income. However, with the passage of the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009 (CHIPRA), all children enrolled in the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) will have a base level of dental coverage included in their […]

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    December 5, 2011 | Filed under: Children's Health, Oral Health, Publications
  • Publications

    Tooth decay, while highly preventable, is the most common chronic disease among children, and it disproportionately affects children from families with low incomes.  Many state Medicaid agencies are working to increase children’s access to preventive oral health services by reimbursing primary care medical providers for fluoride varnish application, an oral examination or screening, and/or caregiver […]

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    February 11, 2010 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications
  • Publications

    This State Health Policy Monitor presents the results of a 2008 survey of state Medicaid programs, which provides an update on the status of states’ Medicaid coverage of adult dental services. As of early 2008, 45 states, including the District of Columbia, provided some type of coverage of dental benefits to at least some Medicaid-enrolled […]

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    December 3, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications
  • Webinars

    Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease in America and it is almost entirely preventable if caught early.  Because most children see doctors and nurses earlier and more often than dentists, states have turned to medical providers to help prevent tooth decay.  Medicaid programs in over 30 states reimburse medical providers for preventive […]

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    September 21, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Oral Health, Webinars