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82457acb1a Mountain Time at: 1-855-225-1729, TTY: 711, or at DentaQuest.com. For example, Minnesota requires that at least 50% of the caseload of dental therapists and advanced dental therapists be Medicaid beneficiaries or underserved populations.33 Emerging research on midlevel dental providers indicates that they provide high-quality, cost-effective care.34 Other strategies for optimizing current dental care capacity are also developing. Four states provided no dental benefits at all.15 Even in states that provide some dental benefits, adult Medicaid beneficiaries may face high out-of-pocket costs for dental care, making it difficult or impossible to afford. Also, see: Medicaid and Dental Care CategoryMedicare and Medicaid Search HHS FAQs by questions or keywords: Content created by Digital Communications Division (DCD)Content last reviewed on May 18, 2012 Connect With Us Sign Up for Email Updates To sign up for updates or to access your subscriber preferences, please enter your contact information below. Conceptually, midlevel dental providers play a role similar to that of nurse practitioners and physician assistants in the medical care context.31 They are part of the dental professional team and perform routine preventive and restorative services in a variety of settings.32 Three states Alaska, Minnesota, and Maine have recognized and licensed a new type of midlevel provider known as a dental therapist, to help improve access to care, especially for underserved populations. Part of DentaQuests role is to help Health First Colorado increase the number of dentists whoaccept Health First Colorado and to help members find a dentist.
How can we improve this page? Give Feedback.. There are no minimum requirements for adult dental coverage. Home Topics Disparities Policy Global Health Policy Health Costs Health Reform HIV/AIDS Medicaid Medicare Private Insurance Uninsured Womens Health Policy Polling Perspectives State Health Facts Graphics & Interactives Charts & Slides Kaiser Health News Media Campaigns Newsroom Newsroom News Releases Events Subscribe to Emails Cite Us/Reprint Media Contacts About Us About Us Our Programs Key Staff Media Fellowships Barbara Jordan Conference Center Contact Us Employment Opportunities Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues Filling the need for trusted information on national health issues Zika Virus ACA Marketplaces Opioids menu KFF.org Twitter Facebook Email Medicaid Search Graphics & Interactives Polls HomeMedicaidAccess to Dental Care in Medicaid: Spotlight on NonelderlyAdults Access to Dental Care in Medicaid: Spotlight on Nonelderly Adults Mar 17, 2016 Elizabeth Hinton and Julia Paradise Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Email Print Issue Brief Appendix Endnotes Introduction Oral health is a critical but often overlooked component of overall health and well-being.1 Although good oral health can be achieved through preventive care, regular self-care, and the early detection, treatment, and management of problems, many people suffer from poor oral health, which often has additional adverse effects on their general health and quality of life.2 The prevalence of dental disease and tooth loss is disproportionately high among people with low income, reflecting lack of access to dental coverage and care. Dental hygienists work in a variety of settings (e.g., private offices, schools, nursing homes) in accordance with varying state requirements for dentist supervision, based on each states practice acts or regulations. State Medicaid programs can play a major role in this area and have important levers for making advances. Comprehensive coverage of dental care for children in Medicaid and CHIP, as well as the designation of pediatric dental care as one of the ten essential health benefits (EHB) under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), indicate recognition among policymakers of the importance of oral health. Effective January 1, 2015, California began requiring the Medicaid program to reimburse for services delivered by dental hygienists in consultation with remote dentists, a practice known as teledentistry.35 This law was passed years after the state began the Virtual Dental Home Demonstration Project, a pilot program designed to test the virtual dental home model to expand access to care in dental shortage areas. Skip to main content .