Oral health care during pregnancy can improve the health of mom and baby and lead to lower health care spending in the Medicaid and FAMIS programs.
Comprehensive dental coverage for pregnant women enrolled in Medicaid and FAMIS MOMS began March 1, 2015. Pregnant women who are no longer minors (over 21 for Medicaid and over 19 for FAMIS) can receive routine care and preventive dental benefits under this new regulation. There are approximately 45,000 pregnant women currently eligible for Medicaid and FAMIS in Virginia. Prior to the regulation, pregnant adults enrolled in Medicaid or FAMIS could only receive emergency extractions; the benefit now covers a more robust menu of routine and preventive services (view detailed benefit information to the right). The benefit originated as part of the Governor's A Healthy Virginia initiative -- a ten-part plan to increase access to health care for more than 200,000 underserved Virginians; funding for this benefit has been included in the House and Senate budgets.
If you're a care provider interested in learning more about providing oral health services during pregnancy, check out these resources:
If you're pregnant, view Medicaid/FAMIS MOMS benefit information to the right and check out these resources: