Publications

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Oral Health

Greater Dental Access Reduces Inequities & Boosts Sealant Use Among HUSKY-Insured Kids

CAN PUBLIC POLICY CHANGES IMPROVE CHILDREN’S ORAL HEALTH? Changes to Connecticut’s Medicaid program (HUSKY) in 2008 provided a unique opportunity to examine the impact of new policies on the oral health outcomes of low-income children. Higher Medicaid reimbursement rates, streamlined provider enrollment procedures for participating dentists, as well as outreach to communities, individuals and dentists […] Read More


Health Equity, Medicaid, Oral Health, Policy & Advocacy

Brief, Infographic

Community Water Fluoridation Facts and Talking Points

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently released new guidelines on water fluoridation, meaning that Connecticut needs to update its recommended water fluoridation range to align with HHS. Specifically, Connecticut needs to drop its fluoride level slightly to reflect the fact that in this day and age, people receive fluoride’s benefits from […] Read More


Oral Health

Brief

Promoting Oral Health in Pregnancy

Little research has been done to understand the factors that affect the ability and inclination of low-income pregnant women to seek oral health care.  This brief offers information obtained both from a review of the limited literature that exists on this topic, as well as from focus group conversations with low-income pregnant women. Top Level […] Read More


Oral Health

Brief

Family Factors Increase Kids’ Dental Check-Ups and Health Equity

An analysis to better understand family factors that are associated with increased access to preventive dental care for kids covered by HUSKY (Medicaid). This infographic hones in on three factors that greatly increase the likelihood of preventive dental care for low-income children. Read More


Health Equity, Oral Health

Infographic

Improving Children’s Oral Health by Crossing the Medical-Dental Divide

This brief reports key findings of an analysis to explore options for increasing dental care for young children, increasing involvement of medical primary care providers (PCPs), and securing the triple aim of improved patient outcomes at lower cost with improved population health. Read More


Medicaid, Oral Health

Brief, Report

Successfully Reducing Dental Access Disparities for Husky A-Insured Children: 2006 – 2012

Low-income children are much more likely to suffer oral health disease but are also much less likely to obtain dental care. Historically in Connecticut, a significant barrier to care for kids on HUSKY A (Healthcare for UninSured Kids and Youth), the state’s Medicaid program for low-income families, was low private dentist participation. Many providers cited low reimbursement rates and cumbersome program administration as obstacles to treating children insured under HUSKY. This infographic presents data from an earlier brief, Impact of Increased Dental Reimbursement Rates on Husky A-Insured Children: 2006 – 2011, with an additional year of analysis from 2012. Read More


Health Equity, Medicaid, Oral Health, Policy & Advocacy

Infographic

Impact of Increased Dental Reimbursement Rates on Husky A-Insured Children: 2006 – 2011

In 2001, it was reported that 71% of Connecticut children enrolled in HUSKY A (Healthcare for UninSured Kids and Youth), the state’s Medicaid program for low-income families, received no dental visit. But in 2010, Connecticut rated an “A” for improving children’s dental health over a 10-year period. Here’s what changed. Read More


Medicaid, Oral Health

Brief

Increasing Access to Dental Care Through Public/Private Partnerships: Contracting Between Private Dentists and Federally Qualified Health Centers

In 2003, as part of a multi-stage strategy to improve access, the Connecticut Health Foundation commissioned the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) to investigate strategies to improve access to dental services for underserved populations. One such strategy involves establishing a public/private partnership between health centers and private dentists. This handbook explores why and how health centers and dentists may do so. Read More


Medicaid, Oral Health

Report

Understanding the Connecticut Dental Medicaid Reform Proposal: State Options in Contracting Dental Care in Medicaid

In 2003, the Connecticut Health Foundation prepared this policy brief to examine the multiple options states have for arranging dental services in their Medicaid programs. Experience across the nation suggests that options in program administration, in and of themselves, hold little promise of improving access. For states, each decision – whether or not to contract to man- aged care, carve dental in or out, put contractors at risk, or engage single or multiple vendors – has its benefits and advantages. Read More


Medicaid, Oral Health, Policy & Advocacy

Brief