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Access to Medicaid Model

Dental coverage for children has expanded over the years through the Children’s Health Insurance Program, improvements in state Medicaid programs, pediatric dentistry training, and dental management organizations. However, some rural communities do not have adequate access to dentists who accept Medicaid payments for adults. Rural oral health programs are working to expand access to Medicaid through community-based strategies.

Implementation considerations

Few rural communities are implementing this model because it is challenging to expand access to Medicaid using community-based strategies.

Resources to Learn More

Children and Oral Health: Assessing Needs, Coverage, and Access
Describes the current state of children's oral health status and access to dental care.
Organization(s): Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured
Date: 6/2012

The Current and Future Role and Impact of Medicaid in Rural Health
Outlines and describes the current Medicaid program in relation to rural America. Report also discusses rural implications of program expansion, including whether and how states choose to implement changes.
Organization(s): Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
Date: 9/2012

Improving Oral Health Care Delivery in Medicaid and CHIP: A Toolkit for States
Focuses on Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) oral health strategies. Provides a six-step model of continuous quality improvement.
Organization(s): Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Date: 6/2014

Into the Mouth of Babes
The Into the Mouths of Babes is a program that reimburses physicians for providing preventive dental services to children 0 to 3 years of age.
Organization(s): North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services

Medicaid Travel of Pediatric Dental Teams, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Department of Public Health
This is a best practice approach report for the Medicaid Travel of Pediatric Dental Teams.
Organization(s): Association of State and Territorial Dental Directors
Date: 1/2005