Medicaid covers dental health

By Kelsey Gibbs |

Published 07/23 2014 05:31PM

Updated 07/23 2014 05:34PM

ILLINOIS -- More people are taking care of their teeth. It's all thanks to Medicaid restoring dental benefits for patients. Staff at the Central Counties Health Centers say they're taking it step-by-step since the state reissued the benefits early this month.

Adult dental care was cut in 2012 to save money. The state legislature passed a bill last year which cuts $1.6 billion, more than 10% of the total budget, from the state's Medicaid program, while some services such as chiropractic and podiatry were cut entirely.

July 1, under a new Affordable Care Act category, Illinois opened Medicaid to all income-eligible adults between 19 - 64. The new plan covers restorative work such as fillings, but not preventative work like cleanings.

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