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Congressman Cummings

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) discussed the requirement to get better dental care for children and the health insurance industry's role in addressing this confront. He tinted the awful death of a 12-year old Maryland child who died in February 2007 after a crude dental disease increase to his brain. even though the child was sheltered by Medicaid, Cummings spoken concern that his Medicaid plan's dental provider network was inadequate. Noting that 90 percent of Medicaid recipients in Maryland are enrolled in private health plans, he said plans need to improve their networks and take other steps to meet the dental needs of children. Cummings praised UnitedHealth Group/AmeriChoice for partnering with the University of Maryland Dental School to expand dental care services for children, and urged other plans to follow this example. Focusing on the broader issue of health care reform, he said he expects the next President to pursue a major overhaul of the health care system and suggested that insurance companies "could be first on the chopping block."

 

 

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