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Colorado Expands Medicaid Under the Affordable Care Act and Passes Oral Health Legislation

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Gov. John Hickenlooper (D-CO) signed S.B. 200 into law on May 13. The new law expands Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. According to Gov. Hickenlooper, the new law will allow an additional 160,000 adults to obtain services under Medicaid.

S.B. 242, signed into law by Gov. Hickenlooper on May 11, establishes limited oral health benefits for adults in the Medicaid program. A collaborative stakeholder group will be established under the law to consider the components of the adult dental benefit. Additionally, the law creates the Adult Dental Fund, consisting of monies from the Unclaimed Property Trust Fund and any additional appropriated funds.

S.B. 261 was sent to Gov. Hickenlooper for approval on May 21. S.B. 261 establishes the Colorado Oral Health Community Grants Program to support community water fluoridation efforts, school dental sealant programs, and other oral health evidence-based programs.