By Nicoleta Serban
More than 58 percent of Georgia’s children – about 1.5 million youngsters – qualify for public dental benefits through the state’s Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids programs, according to a new Georgia Tech study. Unfortunately, of the 3,872 licensed dentists providing provide preventive services in Georgia, just 337 – 8.7 percent – accept public insurance for children, according to InsureKidsNow.gov.
Research conducted by scientists in the Health Analytics Group at Georgia Tech
details the extreme oral health care disparities between children eligible for public insurance and those whose families can afford care through other financial means.
Considering common access barriers, there are roughly 865,000 Medicaid- or PeachCare-eligible children in Georgia who need to travel to reach a…