Final Push Needed to Expand Healthy Kids Dental Statewide

 

Michigan needs to expand Healthy Kids Dental to all eligible children. This is a public-private partnership between the Department of Health and Human Services and Delta Dental of Michigan. The program is available to all Medicaid-eligible children under age 21 in all but three counties. The program, administered by Delta Dental, uses Delta’s commercial network of dentists and pays higher rates than Medicaid.

Kalamazoo and Macomb counties were added Oct. 1, 2014. More than 290,000 children ages 0-12 in Kent, Oakland and Wayne counties will be added effective Oct. 1, 2015, bringing the total number of children covered to 901,000. That leaves behind more than 130,000 lowincome kids in Kent, Oakland and Wayne counties who are ages 13-20.