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Medicaid success in Missouri

Adult Medicaid benefits in Missouri are substantially reducing the number of claims submitted for nontraumatic dental emergency department visits, according to data from the state.

Missouri’s state legislature in 2016 extended adult Medicaid dental benefits, including exams, X-rays, cleanings, scaling and root planing, fillings and extractions.

In January 2015, before the benefit was in place, the state recorded 1,439 nontraumatic emergency dental department visits (based on the number of claims) while in January of 2018, 827 emergency department claims for dental visits were made.