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Gov. Rick Snyder on Feb. 5 recommended a $15.7 million expansion of the Healthy Kids Dental program to Kalamazoo and Macomb counties. The proposal was included with the governor’s 2015 budget recommendation.

If the proposed funding is adopted by the Legislature, Kent, Oakland and Wayne counties would be the only remaining counties not included in the state’s Healthy Kids Dental program.

MDA CEO/Executive Director Karen Burgess said, “Gov. Snyder’s plan to expand Michigan’s nationally recognized Healthy Kids Dental program to disadvantaged children in Kalamazoo and Macomb counties is both responsible and compassionate. The members of the Michigan Dental Association congratulate the governor and legislators for their dedication to improving the oral health of Michigan’s children.

“The expansion into Southeast Michigan represents a significant step in the program. Healthy Kids Dental will fill a major gap in the safety net by providing dental care to approximately 80,000 Medicaid-eligible children in Macomb County. Nearly 27,000 Kalamazoo County children will now have access to regular, preventive dental care, thanks to the expansion,” Burgess added.

Watch for updates on the governor’s proposal in future MDA communications.

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