Tag Archives: Oral Health

Medicaid Dental Coverage for Adults

Update (8/6/19): Gov. Carney signed S.S. 1 for S.B. 92 into law. Update (6/27/19): S.S. 1 for S.B. 92 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 33–7 and Read More

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CDS director to Delaware lawmakers: Medicaid coverage for adult dental care would improve health outcomes, lower costs

CDS Director Beth Mineo told a state Senate committee considering expanding Medicaid dental coverage to adults that doing so would bring about healthier outcomes by making oral health care affordable to people with disabilities. The committee reported out the bill, which now awaits a Senate vote. Read More

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Expansion of low income dental services takes first legislative step

A bill sponsored by state Sen. Bryan Townsend expanding access to dental services for low-income adults on Medicaid reported out of a Senate committee Wednesday. Delaware is one of just three states that do not offer dental benefits to Medicaid recipients over 21 years old. This legislation, which now comes before the full Senate, would promote routine, preventive dental care, reducing negative health outcomes for Delawareans and saving the state money it would otherwise spend on treating dental emergencies. Read More

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Dentists no longer permitted to turn away patients due to disabilities

The American Dental Association recently changed its ethics rules to prohibit refusing service to patients on the basis of physical, developmental or intellectual disability. The new rule requires dentists who lack the equipment or expertise to offer effective treatment to refer patients to practitioners who can provide treatment. These rules govern membership in the American Dental Association and can serve as the basis for state laws. Read More

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DHSS asks for slight bump in FY2020 budget request

To cover growth in services like Medicaid and disability services, the DE Department of Health and Social Services is requesting a slight increase in funding for the next fiscal year. DHSS Secretary Kara Odom Walker indicated two funding priorities will be extending dental coverage through Medicaid to adults and raising direct support professionals’ wages. Read More

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Greater Access to Dental Hygienists

H.B. 28 would allow dental hygienists to travel to hospitals, schools, nursing facilities, charitable institutions or prisons to provide dental hygiene services without the general supervision of a dentist, as Read More

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Better checkups, outcomes from statewide dental care survey

To address a lack of access to oral health care, CDS conducts a statewide survey of people with disabilities to learn their experiences going to the dentist. Read More

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More funding needed to help disabled adults get dental care

Ilka Riddle, CDS Health and Wellness director, writes that families, communities and the state should work to ensure quality oral health care for people with disabilities.

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