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A Comparison of Medicaid Dental Claims Data in 2 States With Different Adult Dental Benefits, 2012-2013

The Oral Health Workforce Research Center conducted a comparative analysis of Medicaid dental claims over a 2-year period in New York and Oklahoma. Oklahoma Medicaid provides only a limited dental benefit for adult enrollees 21 years of age and older, including emergency exams and extractions of diseased teeth. In contrast, adult Medicaid beneficiaries in New York State have a comprehensive dental benefit that includes preventive services, restorative services, periodontal services, dentures, and oral surgery services.

The objective of this research was to understand the impact of Medicaid dental benefits and availability of providers on utilization of dental services.

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This report was produced by the Oral Health Workforce Research Center. For additional information and resources, visit: www.oralhealthworkforce.org