The Governor introduced a supplemental budget on March 5, 2020 that includes $1 million in funding for dental coverage for postpartum women in Medicaid. This proposal is another important milestone in efforts to expand dental coverage to all adults in the Medicaid program.
“MDAC has been working tirelessly with our legislative champions, Delegate Mike McKay and Senator Guy Guzzone, to ensure that women have access to dental services after their pregnancy,” said Mary Backley, Executive Director of MDAC. The Governor’s proposed supplemental budget must still be approved by the Maryland General Assembly as the budget moves through the legislative process this month.
Currently Medicaid provides health and dental coverage to eligible women throughout their pregnancy. While coverage of health benefits extends 60 days in the postpartum period, dental coverage ends right after the Medicaid enrollee gives birth. Under the new proposed initiative, women will have dental coverage for 60 days postpartum, just as they have health coverage. This coverage will give new moms the opportunity to address their oral health needs. It will also give the opportunity for dentists to talk with women about the importance of dental coverage for their children.
MDAC thanks all of its partners, including Governor Hogan, Delegate McKay, and Senator Guzzone, for their support of extending postpartum coverage for dental services to more women.