Objective: To measure the impact of Medicaid reforms, in particular increases in Medicaid dental fees in Connecticut, Maryland, and Texas, on access to dental care among Medicaid-eligible children.
Data: 2007 and 2011-2012 National Survey of Children's Health.
Study design: Difference-in-differences and triple differences models were used to measure the impact of reforms.
Principal findings: Relative to Medicaid-ineligible children and all children from a group of control states, preventive dental care utilization increased among Medicaid-eligible children in Connecticut and Texas. Unmet dental need declined among Medicaid-eligible children in Texas.
Conclusions: Increasing Medicaid dental fees closer to private insurance fee levels has a significant impact on dental care utilization and unmet dental need among Medicaid-eligible children.
Keywords: Dental care utilization; Medicaid dental fees; Medicaid reform.
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