A valuable program that provided dental care to low-income children in 41 underserved rural Kansas counties was put on hold this year after the state privatized its Medicaid program. UnitedHealthcare, one of the state’s three KanCare contractors, chose not to authorize payments for teeth cleanings performed in Head Start classrooms, which effectively suspended the program, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. But after being contacted by KHI News Service, the president of United’s Kansas health plan said the company would review its payment policies to ensure it is covering the dental services. Kathy Hunt, the Head Start official who coordinated the program, is appreciative. “What we were offering was a way for kids who don’t have access to dental care to get it,” she said.
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