Virginia Regulatory Town Hall

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Dental Services for Pregnant Women
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12VAC30-50-190. Dental services.

A. Dental services are limited to recipients under shall be covered for individuals younger than 21 years of age in fulfillment of the treatment requirements under the Early and Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) Program and defined as routine diagnostic, preventive, or restorative procedures necessary for oral health provided by or under the direct supervision of a dentist in accordance with the State Dental Practice Act.

1. The state agency will provide any medically necessary dental service to individuals younger than 21 years of age.

B. 2. Certain dental services, as described in the agency's Office Reference Manual (Smiles for Children, copyright 2005) March 13, 2014), prepared by DMAS' dental benefits administrator, require preauthorization or prepayment review by the state agency or its designee.

3. Dental services for individuals younger than the age of 21 years that do not require preauthorization or prepayment review are initial, periodic, and emergency examinations; required radiography necessary to develop a treatment plan; patient education; dental prophylaxis; fluoride treatments; routine amalgam and composite restorations; stainless steel crowns, prefabricated steel post and temporary (polycarbonate crowns) and stainless steel bands; crown recementation; pulpotomies; emergency endodontics for temporary relief of pain; pulp capping; sedative fillings; therapeutic apical closure; topical palliative treatment for dental pain; removal of foreign body; simple extractions; root recovery; incision and drainage of abscess; surgical exposure of the tooth to aid eruption; sequestrectomy for osteomyelitis; and oral antral fistula closure.

C. B. Dental services determined by the dental provider to be medically appropriate for an adult woman during the term of her pregnancy and through the end of the month following the 60th day postpartum shall be provided to a Medicaid-enrolled pregnant woman. The dental services that shall be covered are (i) diagnostic x-rays and exams; (ii) preventive cleanings; (iii) restorative fillings; (iv) endodontics (root canals); (v) periodontics (gum-related treatments); (vi) prosthodontics, both removable and fixed (crowns, bridges, partial plates, and dentures); (vii) oral surgery (tooth extractions and other oral surgeries); and (viii) adjunctive general services (all covered services that do not fall into specific professional categories). These services require prepayment review by the state agency or its designee.

C. The For the dental services covered for Medicaid-enrolled adult pregnant women, the state agency may place appropriate limits on a service based on medical necessity, for utilization control, or both. Examples of service limitations are: examinations, prophylaxis, fluoride treatment (once/six months); space maintenance appliances; bitewing x-ray—two films (once/12 months); routine amalgam and composite restorations (once/three years); dentures (once/five years); extractions, orthodontics, tooth guidance appliances, permanent crowns and bridges, endodontics, patient education and sealants (once).

D. Limited oral surgery procedures, as defined and covered under Title XVIII (Medicare), are covered for all recipients, and require preauthorization or prepayment review by the state agency or its designee as described in the agency's Office Reference Manual located on the DMAS website at: (



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12VAC30-141-820. Benefit packages.

Pregnant women covered through FAMIS MOMS may receive the same medical and dental services and are subject to the same limitations on services as pregnant women (see 12VAC30-50-190) covered by the Medicaid program as defined in 12VAC30-10-140 and 12VAC30-50-10.