Mass. policy shift acknowledges economic benefits of dental coverage

02/6/2013 | Governing.com

Massachusetts restored Medicaid coverage for some dental services for adults, including fillings in front teeth, in part because studies have shown people with good teeth have an easier time finding a job than their peers with poor oral health. Gov. Deval Patrick proposed completely restoring Medicaid dental benefits for adults by mid-2014. However, many providers limit the number of Medicaid patients they will treat, if any, due to low reimbursement rates and high administrative costs, potentially blunting the impact of the shift.

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