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Medicaid cuts leave many in need of dental care
Updated: 8/30/2012 6:00:05 AM

Medicaid cuts leave many in need of dental care  

It's becoming increasingly clear that Americans are in need of more ways to gain access to affordable dental care, yet there seems to be fewer and fewer options. For example, The New York Times recently published an article about major cuts being made in dental coverage for adults on Medicaid, which has resulted in more people skipping trips to the dental health professional.

The news source cited a report by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, which showed that in many states, Medicaid only covers dental pain relief and emergencies. This is a problem, considering that people need preventative services such as regular cleanings in order to keep their teeth healthy. Furthermore, poor dental health may be keeping people from opportunities to make enough money to pay for the care they need.

"A lot of folks are out of work," said Courtney Chelo, coordinator of an oral health task force at Health Care For All, an advocacy group in Boston, quoted by the news source. "If you have a gap in the front of your mouth because you had a tooth extracted, it’s much more difficult to get a job."

Rather than relying on Medicaid, individuals should look into discount dental plans. According to Forbes Magazine, these plans traditionally cost between $80 and $140 a year. Also, people can switch plans every year if they don't like the current one they're on. 

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