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All Michigan kids get dental coverage after legislature's budget move

June 10, 2016

By Michelle Manchir

Lansing, Mich. — More children in Michigan will receive dental coverage after the legislature in June approved an expansion of the state's Healthy Kids Dental Program.

Previously, the state provided Healthy Kids Dental coverage to children in all but three of Michigan's 83 counties. The new law adds coverage for youth aged 13-20 in those three counties, following the addition of coverage for children 0-12 a few years ago. The budget approval means all Medicaid-eligible children ages 0-20 in the state will have access to dental care, according to the Michigan Dental Association.

"We applaud lawmakers for stepping up and helping to eliminate barriers for all children in Michigan," said Dr. Larry DeGroat, president of the Michigan Dental Association. "Providing access to the best and safest oral health care to all Michigan residents is our No. 1 priority. Although there is still more work to be done by recognizing the importance of providing dental care coverage and removing barriers to care, expanding access to all kids is definitely a step in the right direction."

Medicaid beneficiaries are automatically enrolled in the Healthy Kids Dental program, which covers restorative, endodontic, diagnostic and preventive care. There is no copay for Healthy Kids Dental services.

About 80 percent of Michigan dentists participate in the program, and plan participants can seek care with any of them, according to the Michigan Dental Association.