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Pew Report Finds Majority of States Fail to Ensure Proper Dental Health & Access to Care for Children
Date:2/22/2010

nts: Making minor changes to this federal program can enable and motivate more dentists to treat low-income children.  Only 38 percent of Medicaid-eligible children received dental care in 2007, largely because too few dentists are willing to treat them.  The number of children receiving dental services more than doubled over just four years in several states that have increased Medicaid reimbursement rates.
  • More dental providers: New professionals, similar to nurse practitioners in the medical field, can expand the number of qualified dental providers who can fill the unmet needs of children.  A growing number of states are exploring new models that increase the involvement of physicians, hygienists, and new types of dental professionals.

  • The report can be found at: www.pewcenteronthestates.org/costofdelay

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