Oral Health

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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  • Publications

    The Effects of Medicaid Reimbursement Rates on Access to Dental Care

    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

  • Publications

    State Health Reform: How Do Dental Benefits Fit In? Options for Policy Makers

    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

  • Publications

    Increasing Access to Dental Care in Medicaid: Targeted Programs for Four Populations

    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

  • Publications

    Dental Care in Medicaid Managed Care: Report from a 19 State Survey

    Poor oral health can have a profound impact on both the short- and long-term health of an individual. Left untreated, extensive tooth decay and the resulting pain and infection can cause eating, learning, and speech problems in children. Each year, oral problems are responsible for children missing almost 52 million school hours. In adults, studies […]

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    November 1, 1998 | Filed under: Children's Health, Medicaid, Oral Health, Publications