Does Medicaid cover dental and vision services?
Some background about this question:
- Medicaid is health insurance for people with low-income.
- The federal government requires that states provide dental and vision services to children1 who are covered by Medicaid.2
- However, states have the option to provide those services to their adult Medicaid-eligible population.
- DENTAL: While most states provide at least emergency dental services for Medicaid-eligible adults, less than half of the states provide comprehensive dental care. There are no minimum requirements for adult dental coverage.3
- What the New Dental Cuts Mean for Our State (slog.thestranger.com)
- County Medicaid cuts to dental care will be difficult cavity to fill (heraldnet.com)
- States Weigh Ending Medicaid (online.wsj.com)
- Medicaid Cuts Hurt At The State Level (huffingtonpost.com)
- Medicaid cuts: teeth pulled, transplant called off (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- State audit raises alarm over Medicaid dental spending (boston.com)
- The federal government considers individuals as children if they’re under age 21. [↩]
- The Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) service is Medicaid’s comprehensive and preventive child health program for individuals under the age of 21. EPSDT was defined by law as part of the Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act of 1989 (OBRA ’89) legislation and includes periodic screening, vision, dental, and hearing services. In addition, Section 1905(r)(5) of the Social Security Act (the Act) requires that any medically necessary health care service listed at Section 1905(a) of the Act be provided to an EPSDT recipient even if the service is not available under the State’s Medicaid plan to the rest of the Medicaid population. The EPSDT program consist of two mutually supportive, operational components: (1) assuring the availability and accessibility of required health care resources; and (2) helping Medicaid recipients and their parents or guardians effectively use these resources. These components enable Medicaid agencies to manage a comprehensive child health program of prevention and treatment, to seek out eligibles and inform them of the benefits of prevention and the health services and assistance available and to help them and their families use health resources, including their own talents and knowledge, effectively and efficiently. It also enables them to assess the child’s health needs through initial and periodic examinations and evaluations, and also to assure that the health problems found are diagnosed and treated early, before they become more complex and their treatment more costly. [↩]
- Medicaid, Overview Medicaid Dental Coverage [↩]
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