The bill includes dental services as a benefit for pregnant women under Colorado's medicaid program. The implementation date is January 1, 2014. The dental services provided to pregnant women will include those relevant dental services provided to children under the early and periodic screening, diagnosis, and treatment benefit, with the addition of certain supplemental dental services.
The department of health care policy and financing (state department) is required to report to the general assembly concerning the oral health outcomes for pregnant women and their children and the cost-effectiveness of providing the dental benefits to pregnant women, and is authorized to contract for an independent evaluation of the program.
The state department is authorized to seek gifts, grants, and donations to pay for any necessary computer system changes and federal authorization for the dental benefit and services. The provision concerning gifts, grants, and donations repeals after three years.