Could Children’s Health Coverage Change in 2017?

Could children’s health coverage change in 2017?

January 31, 2017

Children’s dental coverage can change year-after-year, but predicting that change is a bit more complicated.

With a new administration taking charge in 2017, a change in children’s coverage could become a reality. Here are some possibilities:

• Programs through Medicaid
Insure Kids Now, which is available through Medicaid/CHIP, offers health and dental benefits for children under the age of 19 who qualify. Benefits included in the program include all preventative services.

• Providers through the Health Exchange
Children’s dental coverage is considered an essential health benefit under the Affordable Care Act, so providers who are part of the Health Exchange must offer pediatric dental benefits for children 18 and under.

Why These 2 Programs Could Change

Both Federal and State governments provide funding to the previously mentioned programs. Changes in this fund can mean changes to or elimination of the programs and the benefits they provide.

Make Preventive Care a Constant

Although tooth decay is the number one chronic disease in Washington children, it is preventable. A child’s teeth effects more than their smile—it can impact their social, physical and mental development.