Dental Services and Health Outcomes in the New York State Medicaid Program

Data from the New York State Medicaid Program is used to examine the association between preventive dental care and overall health outcomes in a recent article from the Journal of Dental Research. Findings reveal that those insured under Medicaid carry a "heavy disease burden" that comes with costly health care needs, yet dental care is often neglected due to lack of coverage and/or awareness. The findings of this study support the need for preventive dental care in public provider insurance to promote positive overall health outcomes and reduce total health care costs.

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