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Connecticut Postpones Cut in Reimbursement for Children’s Dental Care in Medicaid Following Letters from Dental Associations

July 01, 2016

Medicaid officials in Connecticut have postponed plans to reduce reimbursement for children’s dental care after the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA), the American Dental Association (ADA) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) all weighed in in opposition. Administrators of the state’s Medicaid program, called HUSKY, decided to postpone the cuts at least until Sept. 1 in order to evaluate the associations’ concerns.

HUSKY officials recently announced that they are looking to reduce liabilities of the program and are specifically targeting children’s dental with a 5.6-percent across-the-board.

CSDA asked for supporting letters from AAPD and the ADA to bolster its advocacy in opposing the cut. Both organizations were happy to join the effort.
We fully understand the decisions that need to be made each year as states examine their budgets and are forced to make tough fiscal decisions,” wrote ADA President Dr. Carol Gomez Summerhays and Executive Director Kathleen O’Loughlin in their letter to officials in the state’s Department of Social Services, Medicaid Policy Unit. “However, we strongly urge you to reconsider the decision to adopt an across-the-board reduction on Medicaid provider reimbursement rates and request that the current level of funding for the HUSKY program be maintained. We believe these types of reductions are shortsighted as untreated dental disease can be expensive to treat, especially when compared to less costly preventive services.”