Dental treatment use in Medicaid-eligible children 

Dental treatment service use among Medicaid eligible children by:

 

Medicaid and other health programs offer dental treatments to children enrolled

Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) is Minnesota’s Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program—a federal program required in every state to provide children enrolled in a Medicaid or public health insurance program with yearly well-child care health and dental visits.

Children eligible for Minnesota’s C&TC services include all children under the age of 21 enrolled in a Medicaid or Children Health Insurance (CHIP) expansion program (Medical Assistance) or MinnesotaCare (collectively called Minnesota Health Care Programs).

Almost 2 in 10 Medicaid eligible children had one yearly dental treatment service

2 out of every 10
C&TC eligible children (1 to 20 years)

 

(16.7%, 95% CI = 16.6 to 16.8; n = 97,911 of 587,190)

Have at least one dental treatment service
FFY 2017


 

Dental treatment service use among Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) eligible children by age, federal fiscal year 2017

 
Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services. Child and Teen Checkups (CMS-416) Report.
Age group (years) Number of C&TC eligible children Number of C&TC eligible children
with at least one
dental treatment service
Percent C&TC
eligible children
with at least one
dental treatment service use within age groups (row percent)
95% Confidence Interval
Less than 1 27,076 22 0.1% 0.0 to 0.1
1 to 2 73,436 934 1.3% 1.2 to 1.4
3 to 5 99,989 13,067 13.1% 12.9 to 13.3
6 to 9 128,010 29,475 23.0% 22.8 to 23.3
10 to 14 145,730 29,305 20.1% 19.9 to 20.3
15 to 18 99,252 19,011 19.2% 18.9 to 19.4
19 to 20 40,773 6,119 15.0% 14.7 to 15.4

Data include Child and Teen Checkups/Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (C&TC) eligible children enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program for at least 90-continuous days during the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) (October 1 through September 30). Total eligible children enrolled during FFY 2017 = 614,266. 

Dental treatment services include sedation or anesthesia, oral surgery, dentures, and restorative work such as dental cavity fillings, crowns, and root canals provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data is based on all unduplicated counts of paid, unpaid, and denied claims submitted for reimbursement from fee-for-service providers, managed care plans, Indian Health Services, and Federally Qualified Health Centers that contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. This chart represents percent dental treatment service use within age groups (row percentages). See About the Child and Teen Checkups Program (CMS-416) Report data for more information.

Among C&TC eligible children who received a dental treatment service during federal fiscal year 2017, 79 percent were between the ages of 6 to 18 years.  


 

Dental treatment service use among Child and Teen Checkups (C&TC) eligible children by race and ethnicity, federal fiscal year 2017

 
Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services. Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (CMS-416) Report.
Race and ethnicity Number of C&TC eligible children
(1 to 20 years)
Number of C&TC eligible children
(1 to 20 years) with
at least one dental treatment service
Percent of C&TC eligible children
(1 to 20 years) with at least one dental treatment service within race and ethnicity groups (row percent)
95% Confidence Interval
Asian or Pacific Islander 31,843 6,152 19.3% 18.9 to 19.8
Hispanic/Latino 45,439 8,679 19.1% 18.7 to 19.5
American Indian/Alaska Native 14,589 2,752 18.9% 18.2 to 19.5
White 208,637 34,785 16.7% 16.5 to 16.8
Two or more races 27,656 4,425 16.0% 15.6 to 16.4
African American or Black 87,582 13,711 15.7% 15.4 to 15.9

Data include Child and Teen Checkups/Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (C&TC) eligible children enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program for at least 90-continuous days during the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) (October 1 through September 30). Total eligible children (1 to 20 years) enrolled during FFY 2017 with a known single race and ethnicity or mixed race = 415,746. Unknown or missing race and ethnicity (not shown in this chart) = 27,338 with at least one dental treatment service of 171,444 eligible. Two or more races = any combination of two or more single race and ethnicity.      

 

Dental treatment services include sedation or anesthesia, oral surgery, dentures, and restorative work such as dental cavity fillings, crowns, and root canals provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data is based on all unduplicated counts of paid, unpaid, and denied claims submitted for reimbursement from fee-for-service providers, managed care plans, Indian Health Services, and Federally Qualified Health Centers that contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services.  This chart represents percent dental treatment service use within age groups (row percentages). See About the Child and Teen Checkups Program (CMS-416) Report data for more information.

In federal fiscal year 2017, non-White children were 3 percent more likely to have a dental treatment service than White children. 


 

Child & Teen Checkups Eligible Children (1 to 20 years) Dental Treatment Service Use, federal fiscal year 2017

   

Child and Teen Checkups eligible children include all children enrolled in a Minnesota Health Care Program (Medical Assistance or Medicaid, MNCare) for at least 90-continuous days during the federal fiscal year (FFY) (Oct. 1 through Sept. 30). Total eligible children (1 to 20 years) enrolled during FFY 2017 = 587,190. Dental treatment services include sedation or anesthesia, oral surgery, dentures, and restorative work such as dental cavity fillings, crowns, and root canals provided by or under the supervision of a dentist.  Data is based on all unduplicated counts of paid, unpaid, and denied claims submitted for reimbursement from select fee-for-service providers, managed care plans, Indian Health Services, and Federally Qualified Health Centers that contract with the Minnesota Department of Human Services. See About the Child and Teen Checkups Program (CMS-416) Report data for more information.

During federal fiscal year 2017, C&TC eligible children in Lake of the Woods County (31 percent) had the highest dental treatment service use and C&TC eligible children in Rock County (8 percent) had the lowest dental treatment service use. However, county dental service use rates were not statistically different.