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 benefit package. This brief provides a summary of the CHIP dental benefit changes under CHIPRA and examines the states that had voluntarily sought federal approval of current benefits, or made changes to their CHIP dental benefits as of September 2011.
Additionally, NASHP wrote a blog post about the dental brief and CHIPRA dental benefit, which is on the Georgetown Center for Children and Families’ Say Ahhh! blog.
Blog: Children’s Dental Health
By Leigha Basini