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Medicaid May No Longer Pay for Dental Services

Medicaid May No Longer Pay for Dental Services

Patients having Medicaid may have to suffer being unable to get any dentists for treatment, as the state government is planning to reduce spending on Medicaid's dental care services. This article enumerates the details.

Those citizens who used to receive dental care services via Medicaid plans may have to suffer because of the price cutting policies of several legislators. Recently this June 2009, the House Subcommittee has proposed a bill to stop Medicaid from compensating for dental services availed by the customers.

The legislation demands a price cut of 15.6 million dollars for Medicaid's dental care services budget scheduled for the fiscal year 2009 to 2010. Not only will this but the decrease in spending rise to 20.1 billion dollars for the fiscal year 2010 to 2011. The amount denotes 50% of the overall budget of Medicaid's dental care services program.

The news has caused grave concern among many dentists. Many experts believes that Medicaid patients will have terrible problem in finding dentists to avail treatment, as most dentists will hesitate from treating patients because of the huge decrease in Medicaid dental care services.

If the compensation offered by Medicaid for the dental care services is further reduced, then most people will abandon the program as no dentists will be treating the Medicaid patients.

Generally most of the poverty-stricken people rely on Medicaid, which is a health care program offered by the government. Therefore, the reduction in compensation for dental care services will affect a whole lot of people.

At the very beginning the House Subcommittee proposed to reduce the budget for dental care services for the adults by about 50%. But those preliminary estimates for the total budget excluded an extra amount of 256 millions dollars on the state. Due to this the state government chose a share of the Medicaid expenses, which was paid by the counties long ago.

Many experts are of the opinion that those patients who will be unable to search for dentists accepting the reduced Medicaid compensation, will ultimately have to shift to the emergency ward of a local hospital to get dental treatment. Dentists comment that in such a process the patient have to pay an extra sum of money in comparison to that paid in the dentist's chamber.

Apart from this, a majority of the general hospitals are unable to offer specialized dental care services as they are devoid of many required tools and equipments. In addition to this, after the treatment is over in the emergency ward of the hospital, the patient is handed over painkillers to get relief for the time being and is then prescribed to visit a dentist. Thus, cyclically the patient has to visit a dentist anyhow.

Already in many states where the price cuts have been accepted, their hospital emergency rooms are flooded with lots of Medicaid and uninsured patients.

The new legislation for price cuts will be soon passed on to the House Floor for further review.

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