|Community Options: Expanding Dental Care for Disadvantaged Youth|
If state and federal government reimbursements for Medicaid and K-CHIP programs were increased fairly and regularly, dentists would already be accepting more patients and services for disadvantaged youth would not likely even be an issue. This option suggests that we should mobilize citizens to urge state legislators to increase Medicaid and K-CHIP reimbursements to dentists.
If, for example, Medicaid reimbursements to dentists were increased by 10 percent statewide, the Medicaid budget would increase by $12-$20 million (including the federal match).
Added costs to increase reimbursements would be passed along through increased state and federal taxes unless comparable cuts are made in other programs. This option would increase significantly the number of dentists who accept Medicaid and K-CHIP patients.