Medicaid innovators are paving the way for state changes in dental Medicaid (2006)

By: Meg Booth

(A 2006 report by Meg Booth, MPH, and Burton Edelstein, DDS, MPH)

The current momentum to modernize Medicaid may be catching on in the states. What does this mean for children’s access to dental services? It isn’t completely clear yet, but trends are emerging from the early adopters and those in the planning phase.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance for Medicaid Transformation grants to states. The grants, authorized by the Deficit Reduction Act of 2005 (DRA), are available to assist states to, “fund research and design ways to transform their Medicaid systems and to increase the quality and efficiency of care.” This federal funding gives states the financial incentive to investigate new strategies for serving Medicaid populations.

More From CDHP

Stay Updated

Keep updated on the latest news from CDHP.


or Subscribe via RSS ›

Teeth Matter

Read our blog

Click here ›

Did you know?

Children with poor oral health were nearly 3x more likely to miss school due to dental pain.
More on the state of dental health ›