January 6, 2015 — Due to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), the Medicaid market for dental care will grow significantly nationwide, according to new research by the ADA Health Policy Institute. But translating expanded Medicaid dental benefits coverage to expanded access to dental care will require significant reforms to Medicaid programs, the researchers noted.
The authors of the new ADA research brief, titled “Medicaid Market for Dental Care Poised for Major Growth in Many States,” wrote that the ACA “is changing the dental benefits landscape.”
Researcher Marko Vujicic told DrBicuspid.com that the report offered evidence on a comprehensive approach to reform.
“The evidence strongly indicates that a comprehensive approach to Medicaid reform, including streamlining administrative procedures and enhancing provider reimbursement, can have a powerful effect on access to dental care,” he wrote in an email.