Thanks to a $25.6 million funding increase in 2015, Medicaid-eligible children in three previously excluded Michigan counties began receiving free dental coverage last October under the state's Healthy Kids Dental program.
The appropriation brings total funding for the program,
considered a national model, to $200 billion, according to the Michigan Dental
Association, and adds coverage for residents of Kent, Oldham and Wayne counties. With the addition of these three counties, all of Michigan's 83 counties are now covered.
“We applaud lawmakers for stepping up and helping to eliminate barriers for all children in Michigan,” Larry DeGroat, president of the Michigan Dental Association, said.
Nearly 80 percent of Michigan’s dentists participate in the Healthy Kids Dental program, which provides children with no copay coverage from birth to age 20.
Medicaid beneficiaries are automatically covered under the
Healthy Kids Dental program and can seek dental care with any dentist currently
participating with Delta Dental, the program’s administrator. There is no
copay for Healthy Kids Dental services.