We believe that every person in
· Reducing adult Medicaid will put thousands at risk for serious health problems in
· This change will add to the maldistribution of dental care because it deprives thousands of regular examinations, preventive services, and treatment.
· Adult Dental Medicaid reimbursement rates in
· It is unfair and wrong to deny equal dental care to all
· Emergency dental care is not a fair health care system.
· Since the mouth is the gateway to the body, undetected oral problems can lead to deadly, often life-threatening disease.
· For thousands and thousands of
· There are presently a million
· There is a troubling inconsistency in this proposed Medicaid cutback. State government officials have been urging dentists to treat more Medicaid patients, which they have done. In fact, many private dental practices have opened to exclusively treat Medicaid recipients. Now, with the proposed shut down of adult Medicaid, many of these clinics will have to close their doors leaving many dental assistants, hygienists and others out of work.
· As proposed in the Governor’s budget, dental Medicaid coverage would be reduced to emergency care only. This is akin to calling the fire department after the house has burned to the ground.
· In emergency dentistry (such as that we are practicing at NCMOM clinics) patients present with large amounts of decay. In other words, the damage is already done. We are simply doing repair work. In such cases, we commonly see advanced dental disease, including severe infections that can lead to tooth loss and/or potentially life-threatening health problems.
· The effect of the proposed Medicaid cutbacks will further reduce dental care for the poor in