Due to a $30 million cut in Massachusetts' state budget, many patients who have MassHealth or Commonwealth Care insurance will be excluded from certain dental coverage benefits. These include root canals, crowns as well as services for gum disease and prosthetics, according to the Cape Cod Times.
Local dentists and health professionals are predicting that without this coverage, more people will be going to emergency rooms to seek treatment for dental discomfort. In an effort to keep individuals from seeking dental-related relief at hospitals, state representatives are making strides towards developing the Health Safety Net, which would be a cheaper plan that would cover dental expenses for these patients.
If patients do not receive these treatments, they can suffer from further health complications. For example, approximately 8.52 percent of all adults in the U.S. aged 20 to 64 years have been diagnosed with gum disease, according to DentalGuideUSA.org.
Families or individuals who could be affected by state-wide budgets cuts may benefit from researching dental discount plans. These programs will help patients with little or no dental care insurance pay for treatments, and protect themselves against future dental complications.
For more information on discount dental plans call 1-888-632-5353.
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