Gov. Terry McAuliffe (R) broadens the reach of the state’s Smiles for Children program so that it will now provide dental health care to up to 45,000 low-income pregnant women over 21 who are covered under Medicaid or through the state’s health insurance program for uninsured pregnant women.
Previously, the program had provided dental services exclusively for low-income, uninsured children. The governor’s plan is part of an effort to better address dental needs for low-income, uninsured populations, recognizing the longstanding health issues pregnant women face.
Women in the program will be granted access to medically necessary services such as teeth cleanings, root canals, and gum procedures. Virginia was awarded a $2.6 million federal health innovation grant last fall to develop new statewide health care models built around a series of aggressive public health goals.