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Access to Covered Dental Benefits for Adult Medicaid Beneficiaries: Panel Discussion

This session included a panel discussion with two state officials and a health services researcher about approaches to improve access to dental care in states that cover adult dental benefits. State panelists described their approaches for providing dental coverage to certain high-need populations. Commissioners learned about current research on the use of dental services and the effects of certain efforts to improve access to care, such as increasing payment rates.

Panelists included:

• Brandon Bueche, Program Operations and Compliance Manager, Louisiana Department of Health and Hospital
• Justin Gist, Dental Program Manager, Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services
• Marko Vujicic, Chief Economist and Vice President from the Health Policy Institute at the American Dental Association