The Individual and Program Impacts of Eliminating Medicaid Dental Benefits in the Oregon Health Plan

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Medicaid covers medical and long-term care, but dental coverage is optional for adults. Due to its optional statust, dental coverage is often one of the first items eliminated when states experience budget shortfalls. In a HCFO-funded study, Neal Wallace, Ph.D., examined a change in Oregon’s Medicaid program that resulted in a natural experiment to explore the impacts of eliminating dental benefits on low-income adults.