In 2011 More Medicaid Children in Texas Received Dental Care Than National Average

Little patientThe Texas Health and Human Services Commission sent out a report today that a study has found that in 2011 more children enrolled with the Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) had received dental care than the national average.  – Download Texas Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Dental Quality of Care Measures report.

Texas average 66%, national 48%

In the calendar year from January 1, 2011 to December, 31, 2011, 65.6% of children enrolled in the CHIP program in Texas visited a dentist at least once. The national mean of Medicaid children visiting the dentist at least once a year during the same time period was 48%. The study used the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS®) Annual Dental Visit measure. The Texas average had increased three percentage points from 2010.

The study was done by the Institute for Child Health Policy at the University of Florida, the External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) for Texas Medicaid managed care and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

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