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Starting Oct. 1, 2015 low-income children ages 0-12 in Kent, Oakland and Wayne counties will receive dental coverage thanks to the newly expanded Healthy Kids Dental program. The program not only increases access to dental care, but also promotes good oral health habits in children and could help in reducing emergency medical care visits and decrease school absences previously related to mouth pain and infection.

Over the next few weeks, dentists will be educated on the program in their respective counties. They will learn how the program works by attending informational presentations facilitated by the Michigan Dental Association, Delta Dental Plan of Michigan and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“We want to ensure that dentists are fully informed about the Healthy Kids Dental program and how it will benefit the approximately 265,000 children who will now be eligible under the program in Wayne County,” said Bruce C. Harwood, DDS, president of the Detroit District Dental Society. “I encourage anyone who works with uninsured children of Medicaid families to spread the word about the Healthy Kids Dental expansion in Wayne County. Early intervention and education can lead to a lifetime of good oral health habits.”

Statewide expansion of the program has been a longtime goal of Gov. Rick Snyder. In June, lawmakers appropriated $12.7 million to cover the last three of Michigan’s 83 counties starting October 1. Medicaid beneficiaries are automatically covered under the Healthy Kids Dental program and can seek dental care with any dentist currently participating with Delta Dental (program administrator). There is no co-pay for Healthy Kids Dental services.

“And for more than 70,000 children in Oakland county, the program provides at-risk youth with dental insurance coverage that has been missing in the state’s Medicaid program,” said James Brian Nowicki, DDS, president of the Michigan Dental Association’s Oakland Component. “Gov. Rick Snyder and those who supported funding Healthy Kids Dental in the remaining three counties are to be commended for their efforts to ensure children receive oral hygiene education at an early age.”

Healthy Kids Dental is considered a national model for improving access to dental care for underserved children. The program reimburses dentists at rates comparable to those of private insurance plans, creating a broad network of dentists. Nearly 80 percent of Michigan dentists participate in Healthy Kids Dental.

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