TDA Issues Call to Action on “Devastating” Medicaid Dental Cuts

From the Texas Dental Association:

ATTENTION TDA MEMBER MEDICAID DENTISTS: CALL TO ACTION

Texas Health and Human Services (HHS) is moving forward with a devastating proposal that will significantly cut certain Medicaid dental reimbursement rates. The proposed cuts include dental codes that are essential to increasing access to dental services, especially preventive dental care for Medicaid-eligible patients. HHS’ proposal will not only endanger the health of Medicaid children, the changes will likely lead to a dramatic loss of participating dentists in all areas of the state. The effect of these cuts on dental offices could be anywhere from 11% to upwards of 30%. The more a dental office focuses on preventing and stopping dental disease, the more that practice will be hurt.

TDA strongly opposes the proposed cuts due to the harmful impact they will have on Medicaid enrolled children and the dentists providing needed dental care. TDA has advocated against this rate proposal since it was first published by HHS, and will continue to do so until it has exhausted all legislative and agency avenues available.

Texas legislators and HHS officials MUST KNOW how the proposed cuts will devastate the state’s Medicaid dental program! Please share this information with your colleagues.

Contact HHS Today!

Attention: Dan Huggins, Director of Acute Care Rate Analysis, Dan.Huggins@hhsc.state.tx.us
Attention: Dr Marguerite Laccabue, HHS Dental Director, Marguerite.Laccabue@hhsc.state.tx.us

Contact Your Legislators Today!

Use “Who Represents Me” http://www.fyi.legis.state.tx.us/Home.aspx. Call your legislators and submit written comment!

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