Oral Health

The Need for Oral Health Advocacy:

  • For Medicaid enrollees:
  • Reimbursement rates for dentists were raised in 2008 as a result of a lawsuit against the State. Since then, the reimbursement rates have once again fallen way below what it costs dentists to provide care. Now, Governor Malloy wants to cut the reimbursement rates even further. Therefore, more dentists will refuse to take Medicaid patients.
  • The Governor’s budget once again proposes to take away Medicaid health insurance for parents in HUSKY A. This will force these parents to buy health insurance from the Exchange. In addition to losing their medical insurance these parents will lose all oral health insurance unless they buy a second oral health insurance policy from the Exchange. Most parents will not be able to afford oral health insurance policies and dental policies have no subsidy attached.
  • For low income residents who have purchased health insurance through the Exchange:

The dental policies sold on the Exchange have high deductibles and co-pays.  There is a need for quality affordable oral health insurance that people can access through the Exchange. To date, there is no experience to determine how this will work. A major question is whether people will be able to afford this insurance.

What Caring Families Coalition (CFC) is doing:

#1: CFC is working with other oral health advocates to stop Governor Malloy’s oral health cuts. CFC leaders have met with the Black & Latino Caucus, the Co-Chairs of the Human Service Committee and several legislators.

#2: CFC is conducting a survey to find out what obstacles are hindering residents from getting the oral care that they need.

What you Can DO:

#1. Contact your state senator and state representative and tell them to oppose the cuts to oral health proposed by Governor Malloy.

#2: Take the CFC survey. It will only take a few minutes and can be reached by clicking here:(http://sgiz.mobi/s3/YOUR-DENTAL-CARE-A-Survey-by-the-Caring-Families-Coalition).

For more information contact CFC at 860-524-0502 or Maryellen.santiago@ucanct.org.