Dental/Oral Health Service Use: All Medicaid enrollees

The chart shows the percentage of Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) recipients who had at least one dental visit in calendar year 2014, based on paid MHCP dental claims. MHCP recipients in this dataset include low-income children and adults enrolled in Medical Assistance (MA), Minnesota's Medicaid program, or MinnesotaCare (MNCare), a program paid for by state and federal funds.


Dental/oral health service use among Minnesota Health Care Programs enrollees by age group, 2014

Data source: Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).  Dental Services Recipients by County of Residence, Program Category and Age.  Note: Bars represent the percentage of dental/oral health service use within age groups (row percent) therefore do not add to 100-percent. See About the Dental Claims data for more information.

In 2014, a little over a third (33.7%) of MHCP recipients in the state of Minnesota had a dentist visit paid for by a MHCP. Children between the ages of 6 and 20 years were most likely out of all other age groups to have had a dental visit (45% or almost five out of every 10 children). Medicaid recipients under 21 are required to have dental coverage under federal and state law (all medically necessary services as defined by the Department of Human Services).

In 2014, dental and oral health service use among adult MHCP recipients (21 to 85+ years) was 31% or three out of every 10 adults. Dental and oral health service use appears to decline with age among adults enrolled in a MHCP. Federal law does not require Medicaid to provide adult dental benefits. However, the state of Minnesota provides limited coverage of dental care for non-pregnant adults including preventive services and one dental exam per calendar year.

For more information: About the Dental Claims data

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