This State Health Policy Monitor presents the results of a 2008 survey of state Medicaid programs, which provides an update on the status of states’ Medicaid coverage of adult dental services. As of early 2008, 45 states, including the District of Columbia, provided some type of coverage of dental benefits to at least some Medicaid-enrolled adults. However, this coverage varied by state. This Monitor describes state variation in the types of dental services and degree of coverage offered under Medicaid, as well as differences in total amount, duration, and scope of coverage. This study shows an increase in 2008 in the number of states that offered dental coverage (in all categories, with no annual maximum) to adults; it demonstrates how states showed perseverance in continuing coverage for their Medicaid adult population despite a difficult fiscal climate.
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