Chicago expands dental program for children
On May 6, the Chicago City Council voted to expand their current children’s dental program to all schools within Chicago’s borders.
The program sends mobile clinics to schools to provide preventative services such as cleanings and fluoride treatments.
To read more about Chicago’s dental program for children, click here.
Study shows an increase in dental related emergency room visits in California
According to a study published by Health Affairs, emergency room visits for dental care increased by 32 percent during a six-year period. Adults on Medicaid received limited dental benefits during this time period.
To learn more about the implications of adult Medicaid benefits in California, click here.
Illinois bill proposes changes to insurance coverage for special needs patients
Representative Laura Fine introduced a bill that would require insurance companies to pay for the sedation of special needs patients during dental procedures.
It would apply to patients younger than 27 years old. Currently insurance companies are only required to pay for sedation of special needs patients younger than 6 years old.
To learn more about the legislation in Illinois, click here.