CHIP reveals dental expenditures

The WV Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Board of Directors met today, revealing year-end June 30, 2015, expenditures for dental care as well as other
health care services.

The monthly cost for dental care has grown from $13.00 in July 2005 to $$25 in June 2015 — for an increase of 92 percent over the 10-year period.

This compares to the monthly cost of medical care increasing from $80.50 in July 2005 to $119.50 in June 2015 — an increase of 48.7 percent in 10 years.

All types of expenses have reduced over the past year because of some children being transferred to Medicaid during the expansion of that program in 2014. The number of children covered by CHIP is now 19,447, compared to 24,000 at the beginning of 2014 when expansion began.

Dental expenditures declined $1,745,368 (22%), from $7,947,467 to $6,202,099, from June 30, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

Physician expenditures decline from $10,760,223 to $9,093,327 (15%) during the past year.

Jeremiah Samples, Deputy Secretary of DHHR, assured Richard Stevens, WVDA Executive Director, during today’s meeting that the administration of CHIP would not be taken over by Medicaid when the agency is transferred to DHHR in January 2016. Samples said CHIP would be a separate agency under DHHR.