A Conversation with State Officials on Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage

Oral health is an important part of overall health, however, access to dental coverage for low-income adults remains a challenge, particularly since these benefits are optional for state Medicaid programs. In this webinar, state officials from Colorado, Iowa, and Washington—three states that have recently taken action on their adult dental benefits— share insights on important factors in the decision to add, reinstate, or introduce adult dental benefits; how adult dental benefits fits into the larger health reform discussion in each state; successes and challenges each state has faced since implementation; and future policy considerations. NASHP also provides an overview of a new brief that draws out lessons for state policymakers on these topics.

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