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This report presents with national and state-specific analyses about dental services received by children ages 1 to 20 under Medicaid’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnostic, and Treatment (EPSDT) benefit in federal fiscal years (FFY) 2000-2012. These analyses are based on data reported by state Medicaid agencies using Form CMS-416 (Form 416); all data reflect updates received by CMS as of April 3, 2014. This report focuses on the number of children who received any dental service, any preventive dental service (e.g., dental cleaning or application of dental sealants) and any dental treatment service (e.g., filling a cavity). The national trend analyses at the beginning of this report focus on dental service trends for children ages 1 to 20 over the twelve-year period. (Data about children under 1 are excluded since teeth have just begun to erupt by that age and relatively little dental care is used before the first birthday.) To facilitate meaningful comparison over the study period, numbers reported by states for FFY 2010-2012 are adjusted to be more consistent with data from FFY 2000-2009, as described below. (Note: FFY 2012 data for Connecticut are not yet available as of April 3, 2014. We used FFY 2011 data as a conservative substitute, rather than omit that state.)


This was prepared for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services by George Washington University, under subcontract to NORC at the University of Chicago (under CMS Contract # HHSM-500-2011-00021, HHSM-500-T0002).

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