Assuring Comprehensive Dental Services in Medicaid and Head Start Programs: Planning and Implementation Considerations
As part of efforts to improve access to required dental services for their child beneficiaries, state Medicaid agencies and Head Start programs recently have considered models or arrangements that include a limited set of services—usually dental screening and/or prevention services—often provided by non-dentists outside of ‘traditional’ dental care delivery settings. To assist Medicaid and Head Start policymakers as they consider the utility of alternative delivery models, this Technical Issues Brief presents and discusses:
- the relationships between these models and Federal regulations and policies requiring comprehensive dental services;
- the potential that unintentional or undesirable consequences may arise as a result of implementation of these models, and
- approaches for ameliorating these adverse consequences and securing access for children to a full range of dental services.
Don Schneider, DDS, MPH
John Rossetti, DDS, MPH
James J. Crall, DDS, ScD