January 17, 2014 — Idaho is considering restoring adult dental coverage in its Medicaid program after emergency room costs more than doubled following budget cuts and the elimination of nonemergency dental coverage.
After the program was cut in 2011, dental-related emergency room services increased from $30,000 a month in 2011 to $65,000 a month, according to a spokesman.com story.
In one case, sepsis caused by an abscessed tooth cost the Medicaid program $300,000 in medical costs.
Lawmakers had hoped to save $1.7 million by cutting dental coverage for 42,000 adults.
For 2015, lawmakers have submitted a budget request that includes restoring the service for 27,000 adults who now would be eligible…