CHIP Reauthorization: Renewed Support for Children’s Oral Health

By: Burton Edelstein

On February 4, 2009, President Obama signed into law the reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) that for the first time addresses children’s oral health and dental care. Included in the bill are eight major dental provisions that range from mandating dental coverage to encouraging primary preventive care. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is beginning to develop regulations that will 
further detail and interpret each of the following new provisions. 

To read this brief in its entirety, please download the above PDF.

 

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