WV Makes Progress on Child Dental Health Needs

A new report says West Virginia is making progress in meeting children's dental health needs.

West Virginia received a "C" in the Pew Center on the States' latest report. Last year, the organization gave the state an "F".

The report grades states on eight policy benchmarks. Its authors say West Virginia met four benchmarks this year, compared to two last year.

West Virginia's improvements include making a sealant that prevents tooth decay available to more high-risk schools and increasing the Medicaid reimbursement rate for dental fees.

West Virginia Kids Count Fund executive director Margie Hale says her organization is working with the Pew Center to expand preventive services to children on Medicaid.

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