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Lipton BJ, Wherry LR, Miller S
AHRQ Author: Lipton BJ, Decker S
Previous Medicaid expansion may have had lasting positive effects on oral health of non-Hispanic black children.
The researchers estimated the relationship between adult oral health and the extent of state public health insurance eligibility for pregnant women, infants, and children throughout childhood separately for non-Hispanic whites, non-Hispanic blacks, and Hispanics. They found that expanded Medicaid coverage geared toward pregnant women and children during their first year of life was linked to better oral health in adulthood among non-Hispanic blacks.
Citation: Lipton BJ, Wherry LR, Miller S . Previous Medicaid expansion may have had lasting positive effects on oral health of non-Hispanic black children. Health Aff 2016 Dec;35(12):2249-58. doi: 10.1377/hlthaff.2016.0865.
Keywords: Medicaid, Dental and Oral Health, Children/Adolescents, Disparities, Racial / Ethnic Minorities