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Pew Report: Connecticut is a National Leader in Addressing Children's Dental Health
Date:2/22/2010

in Pew's analysis.  The state ranks fourth in the nation for its Medicaid reimbursement rate to dentists that has helped expand children's access to preventive services. More than 41 percent of the children on Medicaid in Connecticut received dental care in 2007, exceeding the national average.  Children's access to care in the state has been made easier by the state's willingness to allow dental hygienists to provide sealants in schools without requiring a dentist's exam. However, lawmakers in Connecticut can do more to ensure access to dental care for its children by supporting school sealant programs in more high-risk schools and authorizing a new primary care dental provider who could treat more children.  

"Connecticut policy makers are leading the way in providing cost effective dental care to the children who most need it," said Shelly Gehshan, director of the Pew Children's Dental Campaign. "That doesn't mean their job is done.  There are additional measures that can help eliminate the long-term health and economic consequences of untreated dental disease among kids."

February is National Children's Dental Health Month.  Nationwide, an estimated one in five children, or 17 million, goes without dental care each year and two thirds of states do not have key policies in place to ensure proper dental health and access to care for children.


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