Dental service use in Medicaid & other MHCP enrollees

Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) enrollees’ dental service use by:

Minnesota Health Care Programs provide health insurance to low income Minnesotans

The Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) administers the Minnesota Health Care Programs (MHCP) for qualifying low income Minnesotans. The two major programs included in these data are Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare

Learn more About Medicaid dental claims data.

 

3 in 10 MHCP enrollees receive at least one dental service a year

3 out of every 10
MHCP enrollees (all ages)

 

(32.4%, 95% CI = 30.3 to 34.6; n = 468,819 of 1,445,174)
Received at least one dental service
2017

A dental service use is any diagnostic, preventive, or treatment service provided by or under the supervision of a dentist.  In 2017, 32 percent of Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) enrollees received at least one dental service.


 

Minnesota Health Care Programs(MHCP) enrollees dental service use, 2017

 
Age group (years) Total number MHCP enrollees Number MHCP enrollees dental service use Percent MHCP enrollees dental service use within age groups(row percent) 95% Confidence Interval
0 to 5 218,235 50,759 23.3% 21.3 to 25.2
6 to 20 436,343 187,836 43.0% 40.8 to 45.3
21 to 55 595,131 168,188 28.3% 26.2 to 30.3
56 to 69 136,303 45,462 33.4% 31.2 to 35.5
70 to 84 38,118 11,493 30.2% 28.0 to 32.3
85 to 100 21,044 5,081 24.1% 22.2 to 26.1
Total 1,445,174 468,819 32.4% 30.3 to 34.6

 

A dental service is any diagnostic, preventive, or treatment service provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data include all Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) enrollees ages up to 100 years with at least one dental claim submitted during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31). See About the Data: Medicaid Dental Claims for more information.

Source: Minnesota Department of Human Services. Minnesota Health Care Programs Dental Services Recipients by County of Residence, Program Category and Age.

Among Minnesota Health Care Program enrollees who received at least one dental service during 2017, the majority were between the ages of 6 and 20 years (43 percent).

Children under age 6 years were 40 percent less likely to have received a dental service compared to those ages 6 to 84 years.

The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend at least one dental visit each year, starting by a child’s first birthday, when the first tooth appears, or whichever comes first.


 

Minnesota Health Care Programs Enrollees
Dental Service Use, 2017

Childhood poverty based on free/reduced price lunch eligibility, school year 2014-2015
 

 

A dental service is any diagnostic, preventive, or treatment service provided by or under the supervision of a dentist. Data include all Minnesota Health Care Program (MHCP) enrollees ages up to 100 years with at least one dental claim submitted during the calendar year (January 1 through December 31). See About the Data: Medicaid Dental Claims for more information.

 

In 2017, the top five counties with the least dental service use included Rock (16 percent), Pipestone (24 percent), Nobles and Goodhue (25 percent each) and Freeborn (26 percent).  

The top five counties with the most dental service use included Pope, Itasca, Big Stone and Grant (41 percent each) and Cook (43 percent).


 

 

Last updated November 2018. Updates are made when data become available; not all data are available annually.

 

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