ay 6, 2014 — Washington state is the leading provider of preventive dental care to children, with more than 54% of Medicaid-eligible preschoolers and younger children getting oral care, according to the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
Some of the credit for this goes to Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), a program that provides oral healthcare for Washington’s Medicaid-eligible young children, according to a press release.
ABCD leverages public/private partnerships to involve dentists, physicians, social service agencies, early childhood development programs, and other healthcare providers to identify and treat Medicaid-enrolled children from birth to age 6. Participating ABCD dentists, such as general dentist Eve Rutherford, DDS, receive training in treating very young children and are provided enhanced reimbursements for many preventive and restorative procedures.
Wash. leads U.S. in preventive dental care for poor kids