Oral Health

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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    This State Health Policy Briefing was developed by the National Academy for State Policy (NASHP) with state Children Health Insurance Program (CHIP) directors as well as other state officials working toward covering all children. The brief discusses key considerations for policy makers and stakeholders working on national health reform to sustain gains and support further […]

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    August 25, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications
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    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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    August 24, 2009 | Filed under: Children's Health, Oral Health, Publications
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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