Gov. Mills announces MaineCare dental coverage expansion

ByRachelle R. Sowell

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Protection will develop for adults and raise reimbursement charges for companies setting up July 1.

AUGUSTA, Maine — Gov. Janet Mills announced an enlargement of MaineCare dental protection Wednesday afternoon for older people, which will also improve reimbursement charges for dental companies starting July 1, according to a information release issued by the Maine Division of Wellness and Human Products and services

MaineCare recipients ages 21 and older will be routinely enrolled in the expanded dental coverage profit approach, which is predicted to profit a lot more than 200,000 Mainers. 

Providers serving small children and adults can expect to see a 70 % raise on ordinary in guidance for diagnostic and preventative company charges to reportedly lessen upcoming fees of oral health care solutions, according to the release. 

The enlargement arrives as a component of $45 million invested in oral health as incorporated in Maine’s 2022-2023 Biennial Spending budget concentrating on preventative dental care, reportedly doubling its preceding funding allocation. 

“Dental overall health is an crucial part of total wellbeing,” Mills stated in the release. “Providing preventive and schedule dental treatment will not only strengthen the wellness and wellness of hundreds of hundreds of Maine people today, but it will also help save revenue in the extensive-run by preventing the require for expensive unexpected emergency treatment. I am glad to have worked with the Legislature to expand dental care for Maine people today.”

The release states the MaineCare dental enlargement comes immediately after a year-extended exertion by the Maine Department of Health and fitness and Human Expert services alongside dental suppliers and oral wellbeing leaders to carry out Speaker of the House Ryan Fecteau’s invoice, LD 996, An Act To Increase Dental Health and fitness Access for Maine Small children and Grown ups with Small Incomes, which was unanimously supported. 

“With MaineCare masking 1 in 4 men and women in Maine, this new dental protection combined with better reimbursement rates will benefit hundreds of 1000’s of Maine people today,” DHHS Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew reported in the release. “Oral wellness is critical to common well being and to taking part in the group and the workforce. We’re grateful to the Governor, Speaker Fecteau and the Legislature, and our partners through the state for building this crucial advantage a reality.”


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