Child Health Plan Plus Begins Covering Dental Services for Pregnant Women
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 1, 2019
Denver, CO – Today the Department of Health Care Policy & Financing announced the Child Health Plan Plus (CHP+) program will begin covering dental services for enrolled prenatal women effective October 1, 2019. This coverage is made possible by HB19-1038 which was signed into law by Gov. Polis in April.
The dental services available for CHP+ prenatal women will be the same services provided for current CHP+ children except for orthodontics (braces). These benefits include:
- Diagnostic services (exams and x-rays)
- Preventive (fluoride, sealants and cleanings)
- Basic restorative services (fillings)
- Endodontics (root canals)
- Emergency dental services
“Good oral health is critical to good, overall health as problems in one’s mouth can affect the rest of the body,” said Dr. Tracy Johnson, PhD, Medicaid Director. “Poor oral health can increase the chances of serious health problems such as heart attack, stroke, poorly controlled diabetes and preterm labor, especially if someone has gum disease.”
The annual maximum allowable benefit is $1,000 per calendar year while the member is eligible and enrolled. As with all CHP+ benefits, families with a higher income may be required to pay a small co-pay when they receive services.
CHP+ provides health insurance to children and pregnant women who have family incomes below 260 percent of the federal poverty level and who are not eligible for Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program). CHP+ coverage for pregnant women ends 60 days after childbirth.
About the Colorado Department of Health Care Policy and Financing: The Department administers Health First Colorado (Colorado’s Medicaid Program), Child Health Plan Plus and other programs for Coloradans who qualify. For more information about the Department, please visit Colorado.gov/hcpf.