Oral health is an essential component to the overall health and well-being of children and their families. Given our historic issues with poor oral health in Kentucky, we have made strides towards improvement in oral health by increasing access and preventive services. These are reasons why Kentucky Oral Health Coalition executive committee members are glad to see the Bevin Administration’s commitment to restore an essential benefit, such as dental coverage, to Medicaid expansion adults retroactive to July 1, 2018.

Receiving routine dental care allows for chronic disease management and early detection of chronic diseases that display symptoms in the mouth. We hope the Cabinet for Health and Families Services continues to emphasize the importance of dental coverage for all Kentuckians throughout Medicaid transitions.