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Key Takeaways:


  • Twenty-three states explicitly allow the practice of teledentistry, with most state Medicaid agencies authorized to provide reimbursement.
  • Regions with higher rates of poverty have significantly fewer dentists (4.1 per 100,000 people) than the national average (61 per 100,000).
  • Forty-seven states offer some Medicaid dental benefits for adults. New Hampshire and Delaware passed legislation to do so in 2019, but the benefits are not yet in effect.
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