Brent Holman, Published August 08 2010
Reform will affect dental accessIn addition to the additional costs of health reform that are being debated currently in The Forum, it should be noted that dental care for North Dakota Medicaid recipients will be negatively impacted. If health reform adds 30,000 North Dakotans to Medicaid eligibility, access to dental care will become even more difficult for these patients.
Neither federal nor state legislators have ever deemed dental health to be important enough to adequately fund the programs that pay for care.
Dentists find it difficult to participate in Medicaid because reimbursement doesn’t cover costs to provide care. Adding eligibles to a broken Medicaid system without increasing funding will do little to help our least-fortunate North Dakotans find dental care.
Holman is a Fargo dentist.