Since 1982, every state has provided health benefits to low-income Americans through Medicaid. But in times of economic stress, the optional Medicaid dental benefits often become a prime target for cost-cutting politicians. The map below illustrates the evolution of state Medicaid dental benefits in the last decade.
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|None||No optional adult dental services covered|
|Emergency||Only emergency dental services covered|
|Limited||Covers more than just emergency dental services but not enough to be considered full coverage|
|Full||Covers extractions and at least preventative, diagnostic and restorative dental services|
Source: American Dental Association