H. B. 2433
(By Delegates Perdue, Lawrence, Marshall, Moye,
Poore, Ferns, Ellington and Rowan)
[Introduced February 13, 2013; referred to the
Committee on Health and Human Resources then the
A BILL to amend the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, by
adding thereto a new section, designated §9-5-12a, relating to
the Department of Health and Human Resources and Medicaid;
requiring the coverage by Medicaid of dental services for the
mother of a child who is the recipient of Medicaid services;
and providing that coverage be for two years after the birth
of an eligible child.
Be it enacted by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Code of West Virginia, 1931, as amended, be amended,
by adding thereto a new section, designated §9-5-12a, to read as
ARTICLE 5. MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS.
§9-5-12a. Medicaid program; dental coverage for mothers of newborn
_____(a) The Legislature finds and declares that the good health of
a mother is essential to the health and development of a child. An essential part of basic overall good health is good oral health and
ensuring good oral health of a mother is a cost effective way to
ensure that newborns and children under the age of two start life
on a healthy course. Providing oral health to a mother will not
only keep her healthier but will also help improve the health
status of the next generation of West Virginians.
_____(b) The Secretary of the Department of Health and Human
Resources shall extend Medicaid coverage for basic and emergency
dental care to any mother of a child who is a recipient of Medicaid
services during pregnancy effective July 1, 2013.
_____(c) For the purposes of this section, basic and emergency
dental care shall include the evaluation, diagnosis, prevention and
treatment of diseases, disorders and conditions of the oral cavity
and maxillofacial area.
_____(d) Any woman who establishes eligibility under this section
shall continue to be treated as an eligible individual without
regard to any change in income of the family of which she is member
for two full years following the birth of her child.
NOTE: The purpose of this bill is to require the Department of
Health and Human Resources and Medicaid to provide dental coverage
to an eligible mother for two years following the birth of her
This section is new; therefore, it has been completely