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Maryland Focuses on Medicaid Adult Dental Benefits

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AdultMedicaidOn Feb. 7, the Maryland Senate Finance Committee heard testimony on SB 284. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Thomas Middleton (D-MD), Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, and Sen. Guy Guzzone, Majority Whip (D-MD), would require the Maryland Medical Assistance Program to provide limited dental coverage for certain adults beginning on Jan. 1, 2020. The bill would also require the Maryland Department of Health (MDH), in consultation with certain stakeholders, to study and recommend ways to structure adult dental coverage to balance fiscal constraints with the dental needs of enrollees. In addition, the bill would require the MDH to report to the Governor and the General Assembly on or before Jan. 1, 2019. The bill is currently pending in the Finance Committee.

Also of note, on Jan. 24, the Maryland Dental Action Coalition released its report, Financial Impact of Emergency Department Visits by Adults for Dental Conditions in Maryland. The report found that in fiscal year 2016, Maryland adults made 42,327 emergency department visits for chronic dental conditions, with an average charge of $537 per visit, for a total cost of $22.7 million.  

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