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Does Medicaid cover dental care and oral surgery?

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Medicaid coverage varies by state and does not include dental benefits for adults in all states. As of 2015, while most states offer at minimum emergency dental services, less than half provide comprehensive dental coverage, according to Medicaid.gov.

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While adults with Medicaid coverage may not have dental coverage through their state's Medicaid programs, children receive full dental coverage under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment Program. This program requires coverage for all services deemed medically necessary. At minimum, Medicaid dental services must include pain and infection relief, tooth restoration, and dental health maintenance.

For adult Medicaid patients, only 15 states offer extensive dental benefits. Four states have no dental coverage for Medicaid recipients, 15 provide emergency-only benefits, and 17 states offer limited dental benefits, as reported by the National Academy for State and Health Policy.

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