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Accession Number PB2013-111690
Title Utilization of Dental Services Among Medicaid Enrolled Children. Medicaid Policy Brief 9.
Publication Date Oct 2012
Media Count 9p
Personal Author E. Boucher
Abstract All Medicaid-enrolled children are entitled to dental screening, diagnostic, preventive, and treatment services under Medicaids Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) program. However, according to Medicaid administrative data from the CMS-416 EPSDT report, on average only 40 percent of Medicaid-enrolled children had any dental care in 2010 (Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, 2012a). A Government Accountability Office (GAO, 2008) analysis of Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) data similarly found that only 37 percent of Medicaid-enrolled children had any dental service use in 20042005. This lack of utilization is troubling, because untreated tooth decay can result in pain and infection that can affect childrens daily activities, such as eating, playing, and speaking. Dental pain can result in lack of attention during school and missed school days (CDC, 2011; Satcher, 2003).
Keywords Demography
Dental insurance
Dental services
Health care expenditures
Health services
Health status
Medical Expenditure Panel Survey(MEPS)
Socioeconomic status
Statistical data

Source Agency Health Care Financing Administration Policy Planning Researc
NTIS Subject Category 44Q - Health Related Costs
44K - Health Services
92C - Social Concerns
Corporate Author Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., Washington, DC.
Document Type Technical report
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1326
Contract Number N/A

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