Dental services for adults on Medicaid have been reinstated with passage of the budget bills for fiscal year 2011. Beginning October 1st, 2010, adults 21 and over may again receive dental services. For a comprehensive look at the services available, see the Dental Database for 2010.
Funding that made it possible to restore dental benefits is temporary, however, and will probably not be available next year. Even before the next fiscal year begins in October 2011, the next Governor could rescind these benefits through an executive order.
Some dental services require prior authorization from Medicaid before the service is provided. To assure that needed dental work gets done, adults on Medicaid should see a dentist as soon as possible to get authorization for Medicaid covered procedures. As long as authorization is obtained now, these services will be covered.