Dental Coverage and Care for Low-Income Children: The Role of Medicaid and SCHIP

Publication Date: July 2008

Publisher: Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation


Research Area: Health

Keywords: Health Care

Type: Fact sheet

Coverage: United States


This fact sheet provides an overview of dental care access and coverage for low-income children. Problems obtaining dental care disproportionately affect low-income and minority children. Medicaid, and to a lesser extent the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), are major sources of dental coverage for millions of low-income children, but barriers that leave many children without adequate dental care remain.