Sending a critical message about coverage

By: Matt Jacob

As a new administration prepares to take the helm, Washington D.C. is rife with speculation about potential changes that could significantly change the future of children’s medical and dental coverage. The Children's Dental Health Project (CDHP) has co-signed a letter with seven other children’s organizations urging the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to focus its upcoming recommendations to Congress on protecting Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Together, Medicaid and CHIP provide coverage for more than 45 million children. Our letter urges MACPAC “to send the clearest possible message to Congress regarding the importance of both Medicaid and CHIP” and calls on MACPAC to embrace the principle that any changes to Medicaid and CHIP should not leave children worse off.

A few months ago, Colin Reusch, CDHP's senior policy analyst, co-wrote this policy brief with the Georgetown Center for Children and Families, outlining 12 ways to strengthen the affordability of pediatric dental coverage.

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