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What are services included in dental coverage programs like Medicaid and CHIP for my child?

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If you qualify, your child may also get dental coverage through programs like Medicaid and CHIP. The kinds of care also vary by state, but in general, they must include services to:

  • Keep your child's teeth healthy
  • Relieve pain or infection
  • Restore teeth

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Health Reform and the AAP: What the New Law Means for Children and Pediatricians," "Promoting Oral Health."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Vision Care and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Children and Vision Care."

Children's Dental Health Project: "FAQ: Pediatric Oral Health Services in the Affordable Care Act."

The Vision Council: "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Vision Community."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "USPSTF A and B Recommendations."

AARP: "What Medicare Covers."

Families USA: "About Medicaid."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment."

Healthcare.gov: "Can I Get Dental Coverage in the Marketplace?"

American Dental Association: "Affordable Care Act, dental benefits examined."

National Association of Dental Plans: "ACA and Dental Coverage -- The Basics."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

SOURCES:

American Academy of Pediatrics: "Health Reform and the AAP: What the New Law Means for Children and Pediatricians," "Promoting Oral Health."

American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus: "Vision Care and The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

American Academy of Ophthalmology: "Children and Vision Care."

Children's Dental Health Project: "FAQ: Pediatric Oral Health Services in the Affordable Care Act."

The Vision Council: "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Vision Community."

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force: "USPSTF A and B Recommendations."

AARP: "What Medicare Covers."

Families USA: "About Medicaid."

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: "Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment."

Healthcare.gov: "Can I Get Dental Coverage in the Marketplace?"

American Dental Association: "Affordable Care Act, dental benefits examined."

National Association of Dental Plans: "ACA and Dental Coverage -- The Basics."

Reviewed by Amita Shroff on July 16, 2018

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