RD565 - Smiles For Children Improving Dental Care Across Virginia – FY 2019

Executive Summary:

Implemented on July 1, 2005, Smiles For Children is the Virginia Medicaid dental program that was designed to improve access to high quality dental services for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP-Virginia’s CHIP is called FAMIS). The program was made possible through the support of the Governor and the General Assembly, including the establishment of an overall 30% increase in Medicaid funding for the reimbursement of dental services.  The program celebrated its fourteenth anniversary in 2019, and offers benefits to over 1 million Virginians. Evidence continues to demonstrate that Virginia’s Smiles For Children program is achieving its goals and continues to serve as a model dental program among Medicaid programs.