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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


The Council acknowledges with great appreciation the assistance of Mr. Carlos Jones, Jr., Action for Dental Health Coordinator, Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention, in preparing this resource guide. The material contained in this guide is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be viewed as a recommendation to become ADA Policy.

Public Practice Readiness Toolkit

The Public Practice Readiness site offers exceptional resources for oral health professionals looking to better serve their communities, whether it is from a private practice or public dental safety net venue. These resources offer a wide assortment of practical, "how to" options for starting such a journey. There are also links to scholarship and loan repayment options that can help alleviate the cost of your dental education, while gaining experience addressing the oral health needs of underserved populations. 

  • 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 Provider Reference Guide

For more information please contact:

Steven P. Geiermann, D.D.S.
Council on Advocacy for Access and Prevention
800.621.8099 x 2667 or 312.440.2667

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. For more information please contact Paul O' Connor, Senior Legislative Liaison, Dept. of State Government Affairs,