Proposed legislation to fix this gap in dental reimbursement rates would help low-income Minnesotans get the care they need. Good dental care can save expensive medical costs in the long run. The legislation would update Medical Assistance base reimbursement rates to 75 percent of the 2011 median dental fee schedule.
It’s important that the bill gets passed this session, as many new Medical Assistance patients are going to enter the system based on the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Updating the reimbursement schedule for dentists so they can afford to treat low-income patients is necessary to get people basic care.
Dental health isn’t a luxury. It’s time to fund dental care so those who can’t afford it can get help without having to visit a hospital emergency room.