Oral Health

Published in May 2006, this fact sheet provides some basic information about how children are covered today, how many children are uninsured and who they are, and the cost of children’s coverage. Basic Facts About Children’s Coverage 66.9 KB  

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    Access to dental care in the U.S. is a severe problem for young children, underscored by the fact that only a quarter of all children under six had a dental visit in 2004. In an effort to address these access issues, many states have begun reimbursing medical providers for delivering basic oral health services to […]

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    June 24, 2009 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
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    Access to dental care is an increasingly serious problem for many people in the United States, particularly for children.  There is a shortage of private dentists and a limited availability of affordable, or government-supported dental care. This is further compounded by the small number of private dentists willing to participate in public health insurance programs, […]

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    June 4, 2009 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
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    Access to dental care is an increasingly serious problem for many people in the United States, particularly for children.  There is a shortage of private dentists and a limited availability of affordable, or government-supported dental care. This is further compounded by the small number of private dentists willing to participate in public health insurance programs, […]

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    June 3, 2009 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
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    This paper focuses on the policy, financing, and workforce challenges that must be addressed to improve access to oral health care for young children, particularly those that are underserved at present.   Until recently, little attention has been given to ensuring that the oral health needs of young children are met before they enter school. […]

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    April 2, 2009 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
  • This State Health Policy Monitor examines the status of SCHIP dental benefits in the 39 states that have such benefits in their programs. The paper discusses the variations among states in covered services, cost sharing, and benefit caps. SCHIP Dental 177.9 KB  

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    April 1, 2009 | Filed under: Oral Health
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    The United States is once again experiencing a steady wave of state health reforms intended to cover more uninsured people, restrain rising costs, improve health outcomes, and redistribute financial burdens. Maine, Massachusetts, and Vermont were at the forefront in crafting broad, ambitious reforms and are well along in the implementation process. In many other states, […]

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    March 31, 2009 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
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    Dentists cite three primary reasons for their low participation in state Medicaid programs: low reimbursement rates, burdensome administrative requirements, and problematic patient behaviors. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, a number of states took dramatic steps to try to improve access to dental care in Medicaid. Alabama, Michigan, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington […]

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    March 25, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications
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    This paper discusses the options that states have to include dental benefits in a health care reform plan, if the state desires to do so. Oral health resides, for all intents and purposes, in a different world from general health. Dental care is separate in financing and insurance; provider education, licensing, and regulation; and service […]

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    March 24, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications
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    Poor access to oral health care and low utilization of oral health services by publicly insured people have been persistent problems that states and their Medicaid programs have grappled with for decades. However, there are groups of Medicaid enrollees – such as young children, pregnant women, people with developmental disabilities, and people living in rural […]

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    March 19, 2009 | Filed under: Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications