Welcome D1s and those new to dental legislation. As part of the dental community, we have an obligation to protect our profession and those we serve. Next week marks an important potential change in our health care system. And we need your voice.
The Senate is scheduled to vote on a health care reform bill. The Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017, a substitute for the House-passed bill, repeals existing law that impacts the Medicaid program as well as commercial health insurance.
Under this proposal, oral health is in jeopardy, particularly for those 37 million children and 5.4 million adults covered by Medicaid. The proposed funding changes will limit the ability of states to provide comprehensive Medicaid dental coverage for children and eventually eliminate dental coverage for low-income adults in Medicaid expansion states.
Please sign HERE to protect the oral health of our most vulnerable citizens and reject the proposed cuts to Medicaid funding.
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Dental decay is the most common, chronic disease of childhood, five times more common than asthma, impacts school performance and, if left untreated, its negative consequences can continue into adulthood.
The bill changes that program’s funding from the current Federal Medical Assistance Percentage (FMAP) formula to a per capita allotment, effectively capping the amount of federal funding available. The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates $772 billion (or 15%) would be cut from federal Medicaid expenditures over 10 years. The impact increases after 2026 according to the CBO analysis. The bill also ends federal funding for the Medicaid expansion for low-income adults.