Hundreds of thousands of adults and children in Colorado will soon get dental coverage thanks to health care reform efforts in the state.
But many of these new beneficiaries may have trouble finding a dentist to treat them, writes Michael Booth in a good story for The Denver Post, “Flood of new dental patients in Colorado meets trickle of caregivers.”
“A new dental benefit for adults with Medicaid, coupled with an Obamacare expansion of eligibility and pediatric benefits required on the state exchange, will balloon the number of paying patients,” he explains.
“About 335,000 current Medicaid adults gain access to dental care in the spring, and tens of thousands more will join Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act expansion. Added to them will be potentially thousands of privately insured children with dental care included under “essential benefits” minimums of the state health exchange.”
But health advocates warn that if just a quarter of the newly enrolled Coloradans start using their dental benefits, the system will be strained. Continue reading