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We conduct and commission research to define issues, identify solutions, and assess how states are responding to dental care challenges. We work with professionals with extensive expertise in dental health policy at the state and national levels.
Reports, testimony, and other materials by Pew’s dental experts are helping to drive policy changes in a number of states.
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In Massachusetts, there were more than 36,000 visits to emergency departments in 2014 for preventable oral health issues, costing the state’s health care system between $14.8 million and $36 million. Despite covering only 24 percent of the state’s residents, MassHealth was the primary payer of oral health emergency department visits that year, paying between $7.2 million and $17.6... Read More
In 2015, The Pew Charitable Trusts commissioned the State University of New York at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies to conduct an independent, unbiased assessment of Michigan’s oral health programs, its dental access challenges, and the progress the state had made in addressing them. The center consulted with a research advisory panel made up of oral health experts from... Read More
A new study published in the April issue of Health Affairs finds mixed utilization results among states offering Medicaid dental benefits. Read More