Oral Health

States Showcase New Programs that Integrate Oral Health and Primary Care

Prevention and collaboration were the key themes as state policymakers explored innovative and cost-effective strategies to integrate oral health and primary care during #NASHPCONF18’s session, Cross Currents: Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care. Speakers underscored the importance of high-quality and regular dental care in preventing major oral and physical health problems and delivering cost […]

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  • State Strategies to Incorporate Oral Health into Medicaid Payment and Delivery Models for People with Chronic Medical Conditions
    Publications

    State health policymakers know oral health is an essential component of overall health and well-being, but state Medicaid programs face increasing costs and growing demands. Many of their enrollees struggle with high-cost, chronic conditions — often linked to oral health issues. To explore possible approaches to improve oral health care, NASHP interviewed key Medicaid officials […]

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  • Publications

    Many adults enrolled in Medicaid lack adequate dental care coverage, which is essential to overall health. Oregon is a pioneer, using Medicaid coordinated care organizations to offer integrated physical, mental health, and now oral care. A new NASHP report, supported by the DentaQuest Foundation, examines Oregon’s innovative payment and financing structures, incentive measures, and key […]

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  • Webinars

    Thursday, August 3, 1:00 PM ET View the webinar Download the webinar slides States increasingly see oral health as important to overall health. Oregon in particular has been working toward integrating oral health into its Medicaid coordinated care model. In this webinar, Chris DeMars and Bruce Austin of the Oregon Health Authority described the state’s […]

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    July 7, 2017 | Filed under: Oral Health, Oregon, Webinars, Webinars
  • State Health Policy Blog

    States have made great strides in improving children’s oral health, this includes a greater number accessing the dentist and a decline in untreated caries—tooth decay. Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIP), which insure our nation’s most vulnerable populations, have played an important role by covering dental benefits for children. Some Medicaid agencies opted […]

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  • Final Oral Health Precon Ebook.compressed 11.7.16  

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    October 13, 2016 | Filed under: 2016 Conference, Oral Health
  • Publications

    A growing number of states are administering Medicaid managed care contracts that include both medical and dental services. In 2015, Kentucky identified dental services as one of seven key areas where the state wanted to achieve measurable improvement in its Medicaid managed care contracts. This case study examines the history of dental managed care in […]

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    April 29, 2016 | Filed under: Front Page, Kentucky, Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications
  • Publications

    The Affordable Care Act (ACA) includes pediatric dental services as one of ten Essential Health Benefits that health plans in the small group and individual markets must cover. Adult dental services are not required, but are being offered by marketplace plans as well. However, the way that the ACA structures dental coverage has created a […]

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    December 1, 2015 | Filed under: Front Page, Oral Health, Publications
  • Enhancing Oral Health Access Through Safety Net Partnerships: A Primer and Resource Guide for Medicaid Agencies
    Publications

    The safety net provides crucial access points for vulnerable and low-income populations in need of dental services, including Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees; however, large unmet need for dental services persists among these populations. Not only would increased access to dental services benefit patients, but also the opportunity to provide more preventive […]

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    August 4, 2015 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications
  • Publications

    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. This brief summarizes policy lessons from seven states (California, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington) that have recently added, reinstated, or enhanced their Medicaid […]

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    July 10, 2015 | Filed under: Oral Health, Publications