Michigan expands Medicaid dental benefits, increases reimbursement rates

Michigan recently expanded dental benefits for adult Medicaid beneficiaries and increased reimbursement rates for dental providers.

The state invested $85.1 million in reimbursement increases and $30 million in the redesigned benefits, according to an April 3 news release. Services covered include X-rays, teeth cleanings, fillings and extractions. Providers are also now being paid at 100 percent of the Average Commercial Rate.

The enhanced services went into effect April 1, while the reimbursement increases were added Jan. 1.

The expansion comes after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proposed $243 million be added to the state's annual budget to expand dental coverage to adult Medicaid recipients and increase reimbursement rates.

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