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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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State Public Health Legislation Database

This database covers topics related to public health including infectious disease prevention and treatment, public health reporting and workforce and vaccines. It includes all introduced legislation from 2021 to the present and is updated at least twice per month as legislation is identified by NCSL staff.