• While eliminating the Medicaid adult dental benefit will save money upfront, it will end up costing the state, and ultimately the taxpayer, more in the long run.
• People with untreated dental disease end up in hospital emergency rooms, which is far more costly than seeing a dentist.
• Providing preventive care makes wise use of Michigan’s limited resources, preventive care costs much less than restorative care.
• In the first six months following elimination of the Medicaid adult dental benefit in 2003, Medicaid emergency room visits related to oral health increased 11 percent compared to the same six-month period the previous year.
Reinstating the Medicaid adult dental benefit is the fiscally and morally responsible choice. We urge you to take action TODAY to support reinstatement of the Medicaid adult dental benefit!
Click here to call your State Senator and State Representative.
Also, this Wednesday July 15 we invite you to join us for the Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit Reinstatement Legislative Day. Please click here for details!