Colorado Medicaid Expansion: Providing Dental Care Opportunities For All

Colorado Medicaid ExpansionIt seems that Colorado has found a way to surpass the mandatory Affordable Care Act, which includes children’s dental care as a requirement. The lawmakers of the state voted to extend the dental coverage of Medicaid to adults.

As one of the sixteen states to approve the extensive benefit, Colorado provides its citizens with dental care—for as long as they are Medicaid recipients with a health care provider. This means that adults with limited income and resources may receive the dental treatment they need more easily.

How does Medicaid help with dental care?

As a medical program for people with a low income and limited resources, Medicaid offers many types of health care programs to eligible individuals. Qualified individuals include those with an annual family income falling below $30,000 and who meet the rules of Utah residency, income, and citizenship.

Because oral health care is also an aspect of health care, the lawmakers decided to make a provision catering to the increasing need for it. The expansion of the program proves an important amendment. In fact, the number of Colorado locals who have dental insurance went up from 61% to 70% between 2014 and 2016.

What are the dental services Medicaid caters to?

An individual who has a health care provider and is a Medicaid recipient may qualify for most dental services. According to, some common dental services are professional cleaning and examinations, digital x-rays, laser therapy, periodontal treatments, root canal therapy, dental implants, and extractions.

Medicaid limits the dental coverage to $1,000 a year. It also exempts emergency services and dentures. The decision of Colorado lawmakers, however, still provides new opportunities for the citizens who can barely afford dental treatment.

With a visible 9% increase in two years with dental insurance, it would appear that the Medicaid expansion does open the door to better oral health for Colorado locals.