Letter to the Editor Submitted by Dr. Jeffrey Berkley.
The April 5 article “More Dentists Now Treating Low-Income Patients, But Coverage Gaps Persist” [courant.com] claims that adults in Connecticut experience extreme difficulty finding Adult Dental Medicaid program providers. However, according to the Connecticut Dental Health Partnership, there are more than 1,000 dentists who will see adults, and the Dental Plan for HUSKY Health Call Center can help locate participating dentists.
Dental care for adults enrolled in the Adult Dental Medicaid program is not as well-funded. We understand the tough choices that the state is facing as it relates to the budget, and the Connecticut State Dental Association urges legislators not to reduce funding for adult dental services by the proposed 5.6 percent, as it will only make access for adults more difficult.
Without adequate funding, many Connecticut citizens will seek emergency care for oral conditions in local hospitals. It is far more cost-effective, and better for patients, to treat those issues before they become emergencies. We urge the legislature to carry over the success of HUSKY for kids to the adult Medicaid population.