House Appropriations Committee Passes Supplemental Calling for Reinstatement of Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit

On June 3, the Michigan House Appropriations Committee passed a supplemental budget bill (HB 4310) that would restore funding for optional Medicaid benefits (including Medicaid adult dental services) in the fiscal year 2009 budget, and reduce cuts to provider reimbursement rates from 4% to 2.5% for the remainder of this fiscal year. The bill is now awaiting a vote on the House floor. Once the supplemental bill passes the House, the Senate will take it up. It will be important that all Michigan health care defenders take action in the coming days to let the State Senators know how vital the optional Medicaid benefits, such as the adult dental services, are to their constituents. Watch for an action alert from MPCA soon.

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2 responses to “House Appropriations Committee Passes Supplemental Calling for Reinstatement of Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit

  1. It is imperative that we ALL tell our State Representatives how critical the Medicaid dental benefit is to their constituents. Please contact your State Representative and ask him/her to support restoring the Medicaid adult dental benefit, and contact Speaker of the House Andy Dillon to urge him to allow the supplemental bill that calls for restoring funding in the FY 2009 budget to come up for a vote on the House floor. Go to http://tinyurl.com/lxoupu to take action.

  2. Joel Weinberger

    I became disabled 3 years ago. I received a letter today stating that dental services will be cut for adults, but not for children. Is this just for polical reasons? I am no more able to take care of my own dental costs than a child is.

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