Montana cuts dental services under Medicaid
What's the issue?
During a special session in November, the
Montana state legislature voted to cut $8.9 million in dental services under Medicaid. Since dental coverage for adults is optional under federal law, low-income adults and the disabled will have a harder time receiving the dental treatment they need.
The cuts were in response to Gov. Steve Bullock's request to reduce program spending in order to balance the state's budget.
Why is it important?
These cuts could have a detrimental effect on the elderly and may drive up overall health care costs due to a rise in emergency room visits.
As states struggle with deficits, it is important to share with legislators the importance of these programs and how they can save money in the long term.