Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s announcement on May 5, 2009 that she will cut Medicaid funds for low-income adults who need dental care has triggered widespread outrage among dental professionals who argue such moves ultimately end up costing taxpayers more.
Granholm proposed cutting $2.9 million from the adult dental Medicaid program, which was among some $304 million in cuts designed to help shore up a 2009 budget deficit pegged at $1.3 billion. The cuts begin July 1 and continue through the fiscal year, which ends Sept.30.
If you are a dentist treating Medicaid patients, the Michigan Dental Association recommends that all of your billing should be submitted by June 30, 2009. If you would like to see adult dental Medicaid restored, contact your legislator. Links to the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate appear below: