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Does Medicaid cover dental work?

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By law, every state must provide dental care for children receiving Medicaid benefits. It is up to each state to decided whether adults receive dental benefits when they qualify for Medicaid.

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The minimal dental care requirements for children receiving Medicaid benefits include treatment of pain and infections, teeth restoration and dental health maintenance. This benefit is referred to as the Early Periodic Screening, Diagnostic and Treatment benefit, typically abbreviated as EPSDT. The majority of states offer emergency dental services for adults.

Medicaid benefits are offered to families or individuals with incomes in relation to the Federal Poverty Level. Children, pregnant women, parents or caregivers, seniors and people with disabilities typically qualify, but the program expanded in many states after passage of the Affordable Care Act in 2010.

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