State Advocacy Campaign Delays Connecticut Dental Medicaid Cut
The Connecticut State Budget passed during the 2016 legislative session resulted in a 5% across the board reduction in children’s dental Medicaid reimbursement rates. Dr. Donna Balaski from the Department of Social Services provided an open letter to the members of the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) regarding these cuts, and asked for the dental community to provide feedback on the impact the cuts will have on providing care to the Medicaid population.
Based on a request from the CSDA and the Connecticut Society of Pediatric Dentistry (CSPD), both the AAPD and ADA wrote letters in late June, 2016 to the state Medicaid agency explaining that Connecticut has been a model for positive Medicaid dental reform but the proposed cuts would reverse this progress and result in worse oral health outcomes for children most in need. Over one hundred Connecticut dentists responded by writing letters and e-mailing the Department of Social Services in addition to our national organizations’ responses.
According to CSDA Executive Director Carol Dingeldey, the AAPD letter was very well-received by Medicaid program officials: "They LOVED your letter. Thanks so much for your help, on behalf of all of the dentists in Connecticut!"
Subsequent to receipt of these letters, on June 30, 2016 the Medicaid program announced a delay in these cuts until September 1, which will allow the CSDA to meet with agency officials prior to that date. The AAPD acknowledges the CSPD for alerting the AAPD to this issue and closely coordinating efforts with CSDA, thanks to chapter president Dr. Ira Greene and state Public Policy Advocate Dr. Doug Keck.
For further information, please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at email@example.com
Click here for a copy of the AAPD Letter
Click here for a copy of the ADA Letter
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