DentaQuest To Expand Oral Health Care Access With Oklahoma Medicaid
DentaQuest commits to ensuring more Oklahoma children visit the dentist twice each year to create overall healthier communities
The Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) recently selected DentaQuest, the nation’s largest and most experienced Medicaid dental benefits administrator, to receive a one-year dental benefit management contract.
OHCA chose DentaQuest and two other dental managed care providers to administer benefits for the more than 770,000 Medicaid-enrolled eligible adults and children statewide.
“We are honored to support the State by ensuring access to high quality oral health care for SoonerCare members,” said Dr. Jandra Korb, dental director for DentaQuest Oklahoma. “DentaQuest is also proud to support Governor Stitt’s plan to transform Oklahoma into a top ten state in terms of health outcomes — including oral health. We will do this by implementing time-tested and cutting-edge approaches to improve oral health outcomes, increase care access and improve accountability across our system.”
In alignment with the state’s goals, DentaQuest is specifically focused on ensuring more people see a dentist at least once per year with programs that establish dental homes for children and adults, support patients who have previously missed dental appointments, and enable much-needed care for those who have been historically marginalized. DentaQuest will lead with a combination of high touch interventions including case management, targeted enrollee education and incentives, and grassroots community-based outreach. The boots on the ground approach will help counter some of the unique barriers to care faced by Medicaid populations across Oklahoma’s urban and rural geographies — including for the state’s 38 Tribes and Tribal Organizations and its growing Hispanic/Latinx population.
DentaQuest also will be expanding benefits for pregnant women over the age of 21 by covering dental cleanings. Previously, pregnant women were only eligible for extractions, despite being at high-risk for early-stage periodontal disease according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Since last year, DentaQuest has held meetings with stakeholders across Oklahoma to learn about unique populations, regional variation, program strengths, opportunities for improvement, and barriers to care. DentaQuest has met with organizations representing a range of populations and perspectives that include tribal officials, Indian Health Services (IHS), community organizations, safety net providers, public health agencies, foundations, and dental schools.
The feedback and input from these meetings will inform DentaQuest’s innovative approach to oral health called Preventistry®, which emphasizes education, accessibility, early intervention and prevention, and will help deliver on the Governor’s plan to improve health outcomes for all Oklahomans.
DentaQuest is a purpose-driven oral health care company dedicated to improving the oral health of all. We do this through Preventistry® – our all-in approach to better care, expanded access, value-based financing, and innovative solutions. We manage dental and vision benefits for 30+ million Americans and direct patient care through our network of more than 75 oral health centers in 6 states. We provide outcomes-based, cost-effective dental solutions for Medicaid and CHIP, Medicare Advantage, small and large businesses, and individuals nationwide. And, we've invested more than $230 million in grants, programs and other corporate citizenship efforts to achieve measurably healthier communities across the country. By advancing prevention-focused oral health, we will achieve better overall health for everyone. Learn more at www.DentaQuest.com and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.