Editorial: The real pain of bad Medicaid dental policy

The real pain of the @FloridaGOP legislature's bad Medicaid dental policy  via @TB_Times

  • As one of the study’s authors told Tampa Bay Times staff writer Kathleen McGrory, emergency rooms are “about the least appropriate, most expensive place you can go for dental care.”
  • It comes as no surprise that Floridians are showing up at hospital emergency rooms with big dental problems costing taxpayers millions of dollars.
  • The prescription is obvious: regular dental care, more generous Medicaid policies, higher Medicaid reimbursement rates and more dentists who accept Medicaid.

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@FlaDems: “The real pain of the @FloridaGOP legislature’s bad Medicaid dental policy via @TB_Times”


It comes as no surprise that Floridians are showing up at hospital emergency rooms with big dental problems costing taxpayers millions of dollars. They don’t have anywhere else to go, often because few dentists accept Medicaid patients because the reimbursement rates are so low. For this penny-wise, pound-foolish policy, blame the miserly Florida Legislature.


Editorial: The real pain of bad Medicaid dental policy | Tampa Bay Times

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