The Michigan state legislature has passed a law that will expand the Healthy Kids Dental Program so more children in the state will receive dental coverage.
Under the Healthy Kids Dental Program, Michigan previously covered children in 80 of the state’s 83 counties. The recently passed law will add coverage in those three counties for residents ages 13-20. This follows on the heels of coverage for children up to age 12 a few years ago. According to the Michigan Dental Association, the newly approved budget will provide dental care for residents up to age 20 who are eligible for Medicaid.
Dr. Larry DeGroat, president of the Michigan Dental Association, “applauded lawmakers for removing obstacles for children across all of Michigan. He went on to say that the Michigan Dental Association’s top priority is providing oral health care to all Michigan residents. While Degroat believes this legislation is a step in the right direction, he maintains that there are still difficulties to overcome.
Beneficiaries of Medicaid are enrolled into the Healthy Kids Dental Program automatically. The program covers restorative, endodontic, diagnostic and preventive care. There is also no copay under the Healthy Kids Dental service.