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  Health Care Access

  • The dental components required by Federal law in Medicaid and SCHIP, are administered in Arizona by the Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System (AHCCCS).
  • Federal law mandates that Medicaid cover basic preventive and restorative services for children. In Arizona, the AHCCCS dental benefit is administered through the contracted medical managed care companies.
  • AzDA maintains a listing of free, reduced fee or sliding scale dental clinics in Arizona. Call AzDA at 480 344-5777 for this information.
  • Many Arizonans are being robbed of their greatest attribute, their smile. Access to basic oral health care in Arizona is an important issue and one that impacts both children and adults. Often children and adults miss sleep, school and work due to untreated dental disease. A poor oral condition also contributes to an inability to eat properly.
  • Dentists have been the champions of the nation's oral health and for improving access to care. Through volunteerism, advocacy and workforce innovations, dentists are striving to raise awareness and advance solutions. However, dentists can't do it alone. Improving access to oral health care requires the combined efforts of the government, employers, insurance companies, health care professionals and individuals. Every Arizonan has a stake in the issue. The Arizona Dental Association understands this and has made access to oral health care one of the top advocacy priorities.