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U.S. Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. 2018. Aligning dental payment policies and periodicity schedules in the Medicaid and CHIP programs. Baltimore, MD: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicare Services, 4 pp.

Annotation: This bulletin discusses the importance of state Medicaid programs and Children’s Health Insurance Programs (CHIPs) properly implementing dental periodicity schedules to ensure children’s access to dental coverage. Topics include background on tooth decay in children, dental coverage for children enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP, proper implementation of dental periodicity schedules, and state action to ensure dental periodicity and fee schedule alignment and flexibility.

Contact: U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 7500 Security Boulevard, Baltimore, MD 21244, Telephone: (877) 267-2323 Secondary Telephone: (410) 786-3000 Fax: Web Site: https://www.cms.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Dental care, Dental insurance, Medicaid, Oral health, State Children's Health Insurance Program, State programs

Fish-Parcham C. 2018. Treating pain is not enough: Why states' emergency dental benefits fall short. Washington, DC: Families USA, 12 pp. (Issue brief)

Annotation: This document presents information from a survey conducted by Families USA of 14 states that cover emergency-only oral health services. Selected topics include what can be learned from states that offer emergency-only coverage, how responding states’ dental benefits differ, states in which managed-care plans provide adults with extra offerings, costs to states of paying for emergency department visits when appropriate oral health services are not available, the limited availability of alternative oral health care resources for adults, and the inadequacy of emergency-only dental care for individuals with serious medical conditions.

Contact: Families USA, 1225 New York Avenue, N.W., Suite 800, Washington, DC 20005, Telephone: (202) 628-3030 Fax: (202) 347-2417 E-mail: info@familiesusa.org Web Site: http://www.familiesusa.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Costs, Dental insurance, Emergency medical services, Low income groups, Medicaid, Oral health, Oral health care, State programs, Surveys

Phipps K. 2018. MI Head Start Smiles 2017-2018: The oral health of Michigan's Head Start children. Lansing, MI: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, 25 pp.

Annotation: This document discusses the oral health status of a representative sample of children enrolled in Head Start throughout Michigan. The document provides an overview of the importance of oral health for children and dental benefits available to children in the state who are Medicaid recipients. Key findings about children enrolled in Head Start in Michigan are presented in five topic areas: decay experience, untreated decay, need for urgent oral health care, dental sealants, and prevalence of tooth decay and of dental sealants among children ages 3–5 enrolled in Head Start in Michigan compared to all U.S. children in this age range.

Contact: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Capitol View Building, 201 Townsend Street, Lansing, MI 48913, Telephone: (517) 373-3740 Web Site: http://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Dental insurance, Head Start, Low income groups, Medicaid, Michigan, Oral health, State programs, Young children

MaineHealth. [2017]. Perinatal oral health assessment. Portland, ME: Before the First Tooth, 2 pp.

Annotation: This document provides information for health professionals about how to administer a perinatal oral health assessment for pregnant women during the initial appointment. Topics include advising pregnant women about oral health care, oral health questions to ask pregnant women, and insurance status. The document also defines “dental caries” and “dental abscess” and provides signs to look for to determine whether pregnant women may have either or both. Photographs illustrating how to conduct a visual examination are included. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: From the First Tooth / Before the First Tooth, c/o MaineHealth, 110 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101, Telephone: (207) 662-6296 E-mail: info@fromthefirsttooth.org Web Site: http://www.fromthefirsttooth.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Dental care, Health insurance, Health screening, Maine, Oral health, Pregnant women, State programs

Radley DC, McCarthy D, Hayes SL. 2017. Aiming higher: Results from the Commonwealth Fund scorecard on state health system performance–2017 edition. New York, NY: Commonwealth Fund, annual.

Annotation: This report ranks states on more than 40 indicators of health system performance in five broad areas: health care access, quality, avoidable hospital use and costs, health outcomes, and health care equity. It also compares and evaluates trends across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Contact: Commonwealth Fund, One East 75th Street, New York, NY 10021, Telephone: (212) 606-3800 Fax: (212) 606-3500 E-mail: info@cmwf.org Web Site: http://www.commonwealthfund.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Adolescents, Adults, Children, Dental care, Equal opportunities, Health care reform, Health care systems, Health care utilization, Health insurance, Health status, Infants, Measures, Morbidity, Mortality, Obesity, Oral health, Preventive health services, Smoking, State initiatives, Statistics, Systems development, Trends

Children's Dental Health Project. 2017. Why dental coverage matters: A tool-kit. Washington, DC: Children's Dental Health Project, multiple items

Annotation: This toolkit is designed to help educate policymakers about the importance of oral health coverage. Topics include why oral health is important, consequences of poor oral health, the need for affordable oral health coverage, key messages about oral health coverage, and oral health for children in health reform discussions.

Contact: Children's Dental Health Project, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 833-8288 Fax: (202) 331-1432 E-mail: info@cdhp.org Web Site: https://www.cdhp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Advocacy, Barriers, Children, Communication, Costs, Dental care, Health insurance, Medicaid, Multimedia, Oral health, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Policy development, Resources for professionals

Gupta N, Yarbrough C, Vujicic M, Blatz A, Harrison B. 2017. Medicaid fee-for-service reimbursement rates for child and adult dental care services for all states, 2016. Chicago, IL: American Dental Association, Health Policy Institute, 15 pp.

Annotation: This brief presents findings from an analysis of Medicaid reimbursement rates for oral health care in all states and the District of Columbia. The brief discusses Medicaid fee-for-service (FFS) reimbursement for child and adult services relative to dentists’ fees and private dental insurance reimbursement, as well as other aspects of Medic- aid FFS reimbursement, including reimbursement for adult services in states with extensive adult benefits within their Medicaid programs.

Contact: American Dental Association, Health Policy Institute, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago, IL 60611-2678, Telephone: (312) 440-2500 Web Site: http://www.ada.org/en/science-research/health-policy-institute Available from the website.

Keywords: Dental care, Dentists, Health care costs, Health insurance, Low income groups, Medicaid, Oral health, Physicians, Provider participation, Reimbursement, State programs

Caffrey E, Tate AR, Cashion SW, Lee JY, Casamassimo P, Wright R, Litch CS, Essling M. 2017. Are your kids covered? Medicaid coverage for the essential oral health benefits. Chicago, IL: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 15 pp.

Annotation: This paper evaluates Medicaid coverage for a group of selected Codes on Dental Procedures and Nomenclature (CDT codes) that address barriers to oral health and extend beyond traditional procedures most commonly covered by dental insurance plans for the management of dental caries in children. For each code, the paper includes a rationale for coverage, recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and results that could be achieved by expanding coverage to include the code. Determining code coverage processes and criteria is also discussed, and a state-by-state list of codes covered by Medicaid is provided.

Contact: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, 211 East Chicago Avenue, Suite 1600, Chicago, IL 60611-2637, Telephone: (312) 337-2169 Fax: (312) 337-6329 Web Site: http://www.aapd.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Dental caries, Disease prevention, Insurance, Medicaid, Oral health

Children's Dental Services. 2017. Dental care during infancy, early childhood, and pregnancy. Minneapolis, MN: Children's Dental Services, 2 pp.

Annotation: This handout provides information about services offered by Children’s Dental Services (CDS), a program that offers full-spectrum preventive and restorative oral health care to families at Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) centers and 500 other locations across Minnesota. The handout also discusses why oral health care during infancy, early childhood, and pregnancy is important and the safety of receiving oral health care during pregnancy. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Children's Dental Services, 636 Broadway Street, N.E., Minneapolis, MN 55413, Telephone: (612) 746-1530 Secondary Telephone: (866) 543-6009 Fax: (612) 746-1531 Web Site: http://childrensdentalservices.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Dental care, Families, Health insurance, Infants, Low income groups, Minnesota, Oral health, Pregnant women, State programs, WIC program, Young children

Children's Dental Health Project. [2016]. Talking points on ending cavities for oral health advocates. Washington, DC: Children's Dental Health Project, 2 pp.

Annotation: This document provides talking points on ways to eliminate dental caries in children. Topics include the consequences of poor oral health on children and their families; costs for families and states; the role of primary care health professionals and other health professionals in providing oral health care; and the need for affordable, comprehensive dental coverage.

Contact: Children's Dental Health Project, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 833-8288 Fax: (202) 331-1432 E-mail: info@cdhp.org Web Site: https://www.cdhp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Advocacy, Children, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Dental care, Dental caries, Dental insurance, Disease prevention, Oral health

Children's Dental Health Project. 2016–. EndCavities. Washington, DC: Children's Dental Health Project, multiple items.

Annotation: These resources for policymakers, health professionals, and health advocates provide information about and strategies for preventing dental caries in young children. Contents include talking points, fact sheets, an issue brief, infographics, and videos. Topics include risk-based care, oral health during pregnancy, and what states can do to prevent dental caries in early childhood. Findings on adults’ knowledge of oral health and prevention, strategies for reducing caries in a Medicaid population, and tips for encouraging local media to cover early childhood caries are also included.

Contact: Children's Dental Health Project, 1020 19th Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20036, Telephone: (202) 833-8288 Fax: (202) 331-1432 E-mail: info@cdhp.org Web Site: https://www.cdhp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Advocacy, Chronic illnesses and disabilities, Costs, Dental care, Dental caries, Dental insurance, Disease prevention, Low income groups, Medicaid, Oral health, Policy development, Pregnancy, Pregnant women, Risk factors, Safety, Young children

Hossain S, Michelson K. 2016. 2015–2016 Oral health status of Utah's children. Salt Lake City, UT: Utah Department of Health, Oral Health Program, 33 pp.

Annotation: This report presents findings from a statewide oral health screening of 2,000 students in first through fourth grades in 47 elementary schools to measure the extent of untreated tooth decay, caries experience, prevalence of dental sealants, and need for oral health care. Additional topics include dental insurance coverage, time since last dental visit, unmet needs, and disparities in care. The report also contains a comparison of Utah’s oral health status with national goals, the study methodology, information about access to care by race and ethnicity, program resources, a list of participating schools, and the parent questionnaire.

Contact: Utah Department of Health, Oral Health Program, P.O. Box 142002, Salt Lake City, UT 84114-2002, Telephone: (801) 273-2995 Web Site: http://health.utah.gov/oralhealth Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Comparative analysis, Dental caries, Dental insurance, Disparities in health care, Health status, Oral health, Prevalence, School age children, State surveys, Utah

Rhode Island Department of Health, Oral Health Program. 2016. Dental insurance coverage for Rhode Island adults: After the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Providence, RI: Rhode Island Department of Health, Oral Health Program, 4 pp.

Annotation: This brief explains why dental insurance coverage matters and describes opportunities for adults, including pregnant women, to obtain dental insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Contents include data on recent dental visits and on dental insurance status among adults in Rhode Island, information about changes in dental insurance coverage for the period 2012–2014 and about who does not have coverage, and recommendations to make dental insurance benefits more affordable and accessible.

Contact: Rhode Island Department of Health, Oral Health Program, 3 Capitol Hill, Providence, RI 02908, Telephone: (401) 222-5960 Fax: (401) 222-4415 Web Site: http://www.health.ri.gov/programs/oralhealth/index.php Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Adults, Costs, Dental care, Dental insurance, Oral health, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Preventive health services, State surveys, Statistical data

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation. 2016. Health insurance marketplaces 2016 open enrollment period: Final enrollment report. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, 3 items.

Annotation: This issue brief highlights national- and state-level enrollment-related information for the Health Insurance Marketplace open enrollment period for all 50 states and the District of Columbia. An addendum contains detailed state-level tables highlighting cumulative enrollment-related information, including enrollment in stand-alone dental plans. These data are available for states using the HealthCare.gov enrollment and eligibility platform as well as for states using their own platforms.

Contact: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Avenue, S.W., Room 415 F, Washington, DC 20201, Web Site: http://aspe.hhs.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Data sources, Dental insurance, Enrollment, Health care reform, Health insurance

Surdu S, Langelier M, Baker B, Wang S, Harun N, Krohl D. 2016. Oral health in Kentucky. Rensselaer, NY: Center for Health Workforce Studies, 235 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes literature and data describing the oral health of Kentucky's population, including the oral health status of different population groups, oral health service delivery in safety net settings, and the supply and distribution of the oral health work force in the state. Other topics include the geographic and demographic characteristics of Kentucky’s population, the history of oral health in Kentucky, the impact of dental insurance on access to and use of oral health services in the state, and oral health professional shortage areas and safety net providers.

Contact: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Albany, State University of New York, School of Public Health, One University Place, Suite 220, Rensselaer, NY 12144-3445, Telephone: (518) 402-0250 Fax: (518) 402-0252 E-mail: chws@health.ny.gov Web Site: http://chws.albany.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Dental insurance, Geographic factors, Health care utilization, Health services delivery, Health status, Kentucky, Oral health, Population surveillance, Work force

Langelier M. 2016. Interviews of oral health stakeholders in Kentucky: An executive summary. Rensselaer, NY: Center for Health Workforce Studies, 26 pp.

Annotation: This document summarizes common themes derived from telephone interviews with 28 oral health stakeholders in Kentucky. Common themes discussed include oral health literacy, oral health status, service integration, oral health access, geographic disparities, dental insurance status changes resulting from implementation of the Affordable Care Act, the oral health safety net, school-based and portable oral health programs, the oral health work force, and scope of practice regulations.

Contact: Center for Health Workforce Studies, University of Albany, State University of New York, School of Public Health, One University Place, Suite 220, Rensselaer, NY 12144-3445, Telephone: (518) 402-0250 Fax: (518) 402-0252 E-mail: chws@health.ny.gov Web Site: http://chws.albany.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Barriers, Dental insurance, Geographic factors, Health care reform, Interviews, Kentucky, Oral health, Regulations, Service integration, Work force

Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board. 2016. Taking a bite out of school absences: Children's oral health report 2016. Phoenix, AZ: Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board, 122 pp.

Annotation: This report presents survey results on the prevalence and severity of tooth decay in students in kindergarten in public schools in Arizona. Contents include information about tooth decay and the impact of poor oral health on children, families, and society, with an emphasis on the relationship between oral health and academic achievement. Survey results are presented by domain, including prevalence of decay experience, untreated decay, pain and infection, annual dental visits, and insurance coverage. Comparisons to previous statewide surveys, benchmarks and national data, and regional and county highlights are provided. [Funded in part by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Arizona Early Childhood Development and Health Board , 4000 North Central Avenue, Suite 800, Phoenix, AZ 85012, Web Site: http://azftf.gov Available from the website.

Keywords: Arizona, Benchmarking, Dental caries, Health insurance, Health status, Oral health, Population surveillance, Prevalence, Preventive health services, Risk factors, School readiness, State surveys, Statewide planning, Young children

Snyder A, Kaye N, Mention N. 2016. Managed care for Medicaid dental services: Insights from Kentucky. Portland, ME: National Academy for State Health Policy, 18 pp.

Annotation: This brief describes Kentucky’s experience administering a dental benefit through its managed care contract. The brief outlines the evolution of the state’s approach to dental benefits; highlights practices that state officials and managed care plans are taking to ensure health professional network adequacy and enrollee access to care; discusses challenges that the state, managed care organizations, and health professionals have encountered; and suggests potential options that the state could explore as it pursues future improvement.

Contact: National Academy for State Health Policy, 10 Free Street, Second Floor, Portland, ME 04101, Telephone: (207) 874-6524 Secondary Telephone: (202) 903-0101 Fax: (207) 874-6527 E-mail: info@nashp.org Web Site: http://www.nashp.org Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Children, Dental care, Dental insurance, Kentucky, Medicaid managed care, Oral health, Policy development, Pregnant women, Program improvement, Provider participation, Quality assurance, State programs

University of Iowa, Public Policy Center. 2016. Dental Wellness Plan evaluation. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa, Public Policy Center, multiple items.

Annotation: These reports analyze administrative, health professional, and member survey data from a dental insurance plan for adults ages 19–64 with low incomes in Iowa. Contents include information about the plan's benefit structure and member and health professional incentives, the study populations and methodology, and interim outcomes. Topics include access to care, quality of care, cost, earned benefits, health-professional-network adequacy, health professional attitudes, and member outreach.

Contact: University of Iowa, Public Policy Center, 310 South Grand Avenue, 209 South Quadrangle, Iowa City, IA 52242, Telephone: (319) 335-6800 Fax: (319) 335-6801 Web Site: http://ppc.uiowa.edu Available from the website.

Keywords: Access to health care, Adults, Client satisfaction, Dental insurance, Dentists, Iowa, Low income groups, Medicaid, Model programs, Oral health, Program evaluation, Provider networks, Provider participation, State programs

Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin. 2016. 2015 Wisconsin perinatal-infant oral health summit: Summary report and statewide plan. Milwaukee, WI: Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, 27 pp.

Annotation: This report summarizes information from a summit held on September 9, 2015, to brainstorm strategies for improving oral health for pregnant women and infants in Wisconsin. The report describes five themes supported by both oral health communities and overall health communities: reimbursements and insurance availability, coordination and integration, training, awareness, and practice settings. Contents include a statewide plan (objectives and activities) to reduce the prevalence of oral disease among pregnant women and infants who are underserved by integrating high-quality oral health care into the health-care-delivery system. [Funded by the Maternal and Child Health Bureau]

Contact: Children's Health Alliance of Wisconsin, 620 South 76th Street, Suite 120, Milwaukee, WI 53214, Telephone: (414) 292-4000 Secondary Telephone: (414) 337-4561 Fax: (414) 231-4972 Web Site: http://www.chawisconsin.org/oral-health.php?pg=13 Available from the website.

Keywords: Community action, Conference proceedings, Dental care, Dental insurance, Health care delivery, Health care systems, Infants, Oral health, Pregnant women, Primary care, Quality assurance, Reimbursement, Service coordination, Service integration, Statewide planning, Training, Wisconsin, Work force

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This project is supported by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant number U02MC31613, MCH Advanced Education Policy, $3.5 M. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.