Topics: Medicaid, Oral Health
Research Center: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
While Medicaid dental coverage for children is relatively consistent across the 50 states, dental beneﬁts for Medicaid-enrolled adults vary signiﬁcantly from state to state. As a result of the recent economic recession, many states have moved to limit Medicaid expenditures for dental care. As of 2012, 22 states, including Oklahoma, either oﬀer no adult dental beneﬁt with Medicaid or limit coverage to dental emergency and trauma–related care.
The report helps to understand the impact of Medicaid dental beneﬁts and availability of providers on utilization of dental services.