Oral Health

Thursday, August 3, 1:00 PM ET 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 will describe the state’s Medicaid system transformation and share the […]

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  • 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
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    August 30, 2016 | Filed under: 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
  • A Conversation with State Officials on Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage
    Webinars

    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. In this webinar, Medicaid officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits—will share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits; how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations.

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    June 30, 2015 | Filed under: Colorado, Iowa, Oral Health, Washington, Webinars
  • Oral Health and the Triple Aim Toolkit
    Toolkits

    Oral health is linked to overall health, and mounting evidence suggests that addressing oral health can help states move toward the Triple Aim goals of improving the patient experience, improving the health of populations, and reducing per-capita health care spending. Poor oral health—including high rates of tooth decay, missing teeth, and gum disease—and inadequate access […]

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    April 20, 2015 | Filed under: Featured, Oral Health, Population Health, Toolkits