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Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission Discusses Adult Dental Services

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On April 11, the Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) met to hear testimony related to adult services under Medicaid. MACPAC was established in the Children’s Health Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2009. MACPAC is generally tasked with reviewing state and federal Medicaid and CHIP access and payment policies, as well as making recommendations to Congress, the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and states on various issues impacting Medicaid and CHIP populations. On April 11, MACPAC members heard invited testimony from the following: Terry Dickinson, D.D.S., Executive Director, Virginia Dental Association; Mina Chang, Ph.D., Chief, Health Research and Program Development, Ohio Office of Medical Assistance; and Paul Glassman, D.D.S., M.A., M.B.A., Professor of Dental Practice, Director of Community Oral Health, Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry at the University of the Pacific.

Following the presentations, MACPAC members made comments related to the need for alternative workforce models, and the cost associated with recommending that Medicaid cover adult dental services. MACPAC is just beginning its discussion of Medicaid coverage for adult dental services. ADEA will keep members updated with any new information.

To view the materials presented to MACPAC by Dr. Dickinson, Dr. Chang, and Dr. Glassman, click here.