It appears lawmakers in Missouri will likely restore dental coverage for hundreds of thousand of adult Medicaid recipients, nearly a decade after it was eliminated. Dental coverage for adult Medicaid recipients was eliminated in 2005 under a law that also made cuts to the program.
On Wednesday, the Senate Appropriations Committee agreed to include an additional $48 million of federal and state money in next year’s Medicaid budget for dental care. The House previously approved the same amount, although there are differences between the two chambers on exactly how that would be spent.
More than 300,000 adult Medicaid recipients could benefit from the proposed restoration of dental care.
Some of the money in the Senate plan would increase Medicaid rates paid to dentists.