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Dental Visits, Other Health Services Decline Sharply For Children In Medicaid, CHIP, CMS Says

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Bloomberg (9/23, Brown) reports, “The COVID-19 pandemic is harming the long-term health of low-income children, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Wednesday.” The article reports that “vaccination rates, primary preventive care, and screenings among children in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program have plummeted during the pandemic, the CMS said.” For instance, CMS said that between March and May, dental services declined 69%.

Modern Healthcare (9/23, Johnson, Subscription Publication) reports that “CMS Administrator Seema Verma said the findings were a call to action for state and local governments, schools, healthcare providers and families to work together to address the care gap.” Verma said, “Providers should conduct active outreach to make sure families understand it is safe to come back to the office to receive care.”

In addition, AP (9/23, Alonso-Zaldivar) reports Verma said that “the absence of these vital health care services may have lifelong consequences for these vulnerable children.” Medicaid and CHIP cover nearly 40 million children.

Also reporting are HealthLeaders Media (9/23, Commins) and FierceHealthcare (9/23, King).