As awareness of the importance of oral health has increased, research has demonstrated the necessity of coverage plans that appropriately meet oral health needs for all communities. Medicaid adult dental benefits improve access to oral health care in Utah. During the 2023 Utah State Legislative session, the Legislature passed SB19 Medicaid Dental Waiver Amendments. The passage of SB19 ensures that all adults on Medicaid in Utah will be eligible for dental coverage.
Improved dental care provisions and coverage through Medicaid can help reduce the need for emergency and restorative care by increasing access to preventive care for Utahns on Medicaid. Improved oral health also increases job prospects and social and mental wellbeing. The benefits of expanding this care are crucial to overall population health. The inclusion of dental benefits under Medicaid will support individuals in addressing their unmeet oral health needs.