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Action for Dental Health

Public Practice Readiness: Medicaid, Advocacy and Community-Based Resources

The American Dental Association’s Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention seeks regular guidance and technical assistance from its Medicaid Provider Advisory Committee (MPAC), which has been chaired by Dr. Sidney Whitman since 2011. In consultation with the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD), the MPAC offers this Medicaid Provider Reference Guide as an invitation to non-participating dentists to treat Medicaid-eligible individuals and as an encouragement for those who currently participate to continue. Organized dentistry seeks to increase the number of dental providers participating in Medicaid, thus increasing the number of oral health services delivered to Medicaid-eligible individuals.

Why I Am A Medicaid Provider - By Dr. Howard Elson




Medicaid Provider Reference Guide

Public Practice Readiness Toolkit

  • Safety Net Dental Clinic Manual
  • National Network for Oral Health Access
  • DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement
  • Mobile-Portable Dental Manual
  • Indian Health Service-Dentistry
  • Federally Qualified Health Centers
  • National Health Service Corps

Medicaid State Legislative & Regulatory Toolkit

Barriers to dental care for low-income populations are well known. Neutralizing many of the barriers requires public policy approaches and the political will to address the issues. Policymakers desire evidence that investing time, energy and money through defined proposals will yield improved care for Medicaid enrollees. The American Dental Association has collected a number of resources designed to provide necessary evidence and technical assistance for dental Medicaid advocates. This Advocacy Toolkit provides a variety of approaches that serve as a foundation to launch dental Medicaid improvements.