In 2022 and 2023, the Kansas legislature extended Medicaid dental benefits to include adult coverage, including fillings and crowns, periodontal care, silver diamine fluoride, full and partial dentures and denture repairs.
Kansas joined other states nationwide increasing access to care.
According to the CareQuest Institute for Oral Health’s recently updated Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage Checker, eight states now offer extensive Medicaid adult dental benefits — double the four states that did so in 2020.
The writers said the COVID-19 pandemic exposed the deep systemic inequities in the U.S. health system.
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