As of 2021, 8.5 million Medicaid recipients lack dental coverage. Within Medicaid, comprehensive dental coverage is mandatory for children, but dental benefits for Medicaid-eligible adults are optional. And states have flexibility in how they interpret “benefits,” often looking at them for potential cuts when budgets get tight, resulting in coverage that varies tremendously across states.
To better understand the landscape, CareQuest Institute, working with other leading oral health organizations, created the Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage Checker. The Checker is an interactive tool for policymakers, administrators, and advocates to easily understand where a given state’s Medicaid adult dental benefits package falls on a continuum from no dental benefits to extensive benefits, helping them identify areas for improvement and expansion.
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