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Dental Benefits Victim of Economizing By States

Prevented by the Affordable Care Act from reducing Medicaid eligibility, many states are seeking to reduce their Medicaid spending by eliminating or cutting optional benefits – especially for dental services for adults.

Approximately half of all states have cut back on optional Medicaid dental benefits for adults in the past few years.  The cuts, moreover, have no partisan foundation:  both Democratic and Republican governors are making such reductions.

Some states cover only pain relief and emergencies; others cover preventive examinations but do not pay for any needed work those exams uncover.

Read more about how states are adjusting their Medicaid dental benefits and how they are expected to continue doing so in this New York Times articleSurgical Instruments.

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