Medicaid and CHIP

The ADA works closely with lawmakers, regulators, and others to help mend the tattered dental safety net. This includes reforming parts of the Medicaid program, which is the largest source of funding for medical and other health-related services for people with low income in the United States. The ADA is also fighting to maintain federal requirement for states to cover dental services in their respective CHIP programs, which together cover nearly 8 million children from low-income families.


The Association's priorities are based on the major policies and positions (Members Only) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates. (PDF)

  • Maintaining the federal requirement for states to cover dental services under the Medicaid Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program.
  • Requiring states to cover dental services for Medicaid-eligible adults, and exempt all preventive dental services from cost-sharing requirements.
  • Preserving the federal financing role in the Medicaid program and update the federal matching formula to address economic changes.
  • Enhancing the federal Medicaid matching rate to 90/10 for dental care.
  • Maintaining the federal requirement for states to cover dental services in their respective CHIP programs.
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ADA Action for Dental Health

The ADA’s Action for Dental Health (ADH) campaign is a nationwide response to the crisis in oral health care. The campaign brings dental health leaders and professionals together in support of three objectives:

  • Providing care now for people suffering from untreated disease
  • Strengthening and expanding the public and private safety net
  • Preventing dental disease through advocacy and education

Expanding care through Medicaid and CHIP is one of seven solutions that drive the ADH campaign. Learn more on the ADH campaign page devoted to Medicaid and the safety net. Medicaid and Action for Dental Health

Dental Operating Room Access
CMS recently established a new code that will help increase access to dental surgeries under general anesthesia in hospital operating rooms. Here is the link to the new dental code toolkit.
Pregnant & Postpartum Women

Oral health problems that arise during pregnancy may persist into the postpartum period and beyond. Find out which states expand dental coverage for women during their pregnancy and 12 months postpartum. (PDF)

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Prepared by: Division of Government and Public Affairs
Last Updated: November 30, 2021.