Federal and state programs aimed at providing health insurance to low-income children include Medicaid and the state Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). AAPD Advocacy supports programs that provide adequate dental benefits, including maintenance of the Medicaid EPSDT (Early, Periodic Screening, Diagnosis and Treatment coverage for children) benefit. It further supports market-based payment rates, in order to maximize patient and provider participation, thereby alleviating oral disease among millions of children. Those living in low-income families have increased prevalence of dental disease, as well as more extensive disease presentation and more treatment needed for pain.

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