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

Authors: Simona Surdu, MD, PhD | Margaret Langelier, MSHSA | Jean Moore DrPH, MSN, FAAN

Topics: Medicaid, Oral Health

Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center

December 1, 2016

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.

This report helps to understand the impact of Medicaid dental benefits and availability of providers on utilization of dental services.

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