KGMI News Reporting
By Mike Curtiss
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington is leading the nation in providing dental care to low-income children.
More than 54 percent of Medicaid enrolled children in Washington state under age six are able to see a dentist.
The number has increased dramatically thanks to the “Access to Baby and Child Dentistry” program, which was recently expanded to every county in the state.
More than 165,000 Medicaid enrolled children are receiving dental care, doubling the number who were receiving care a decade ago.
In Whatcom County, the program has helped the rate go up from 39 percent in 2005 to nearly 49 percent in 2012.
More than 4,200 children in Whatcom County used Medicaid dental services last year.