At least 40 percent of Americans don’t visit the dentist annually (and some sources place that statistic much higher at nearly 60 percent). One of the leading causes of a lapse in dental care is a lack of dental insurance, particularly in older Americans who may rely on state-sponsored Medicaid insurance versus employer-supplied healthcare for their coverage needs. A recent move in Kentucky has left that state’s almost 500,000 Medicaid recipients without dental or vision coverage, as The Hill recently reported.
Source: The Hill
Publication date: July 2, 2018
Ky. governor cancels Medicaid dental, vision benefits after losing work requirement ruling
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s (R) administration is canceling dental and vision benefits for thousands of people on Medicaid in the state following a judge blocking the state’s Medicaid work requirements.
The cancellation of dental and vision coverage for almost 500,000 enrollees in the state’s Medicaid expansion is “an unfortunate consequence of the judge's ruling,” Doug Hogan, a spokesman for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, told the Louisville Courier-Journal.