Connecticut dentists announce legislative priorities for 2018.
Today, the Connecticut State Dental Association (CSDA) announced its legislative priorities for the 2018 Connecticut session of the General Assembly.
Every year, the CSDA supports legislation to protect, advance and increase access to oral health for the state’s residents. During Connecticut’s 2018 legislative session, the CSDA urges legislators to preserve dental Medicaid funding and support initiatives that aim to decrease the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages.
“The CSDA supports community programs and legislation that ensures all residents receive affordable, quality dental care, because oral healthcare—for children and adults, alike—is critical and essential for overall health and well-being,” said Dr. Gary Linker, CSDA President.
“We urge the Connecticut legislature to maintain current rates of Medicaid funding for adult and child dental care. Dental Medicaid funding enables many Connecticut residents to access preventive care in dental offices, which promotes oral and overall health, and is a much more cost-effective approach than relying on emergency room visits.”
Currently, Connecticut’s dental Medicaid program is a national model, with one of the highest rates of child Medicaid utilization. This is because of the work that state legislators have done with the CSDA over the past decade. Connecticut’s dental Medicaid program has gone from one of the worst performing programs in the country to a national model, with more than 1,800 dentists participating in the program. While the state grapples with its finances, the oral health of the state’s residents should not be on the chopping block.
Additionally, the CSDA supports public health initiatives that aim to decrease the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages like sodas and juices. A decrease in consumption of sugary beverages is beneficial to residents, leading to fewer incidences of dental decay and healthier weight management.
The CSDA looks forward to the 2018 legislative session and working with legislators to support the dental profession.