The Idaho House has voted narrowly – 36-32 – in favor of HB 465, to restore non-emergency dental coverage to people who are on the Idaho Medicaid program’s basic plan; they lost that benefit through budget cuts in 2011 during the recession with the promise that they’d be restored when the economy improved. “It was understood that this was likely to lead to serious downstream medical conditions,” Rep. Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, told the House; the move was supposed to be just temporary. Two years later, the benefits were restored to children and people with major disabilities, but not to others on Medicaid, largely very poor parents, many of whom have mental health issues. As a result, those patients are covered only for emergency extractions, and no...
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House votes 36-32 to restore non-emergency dental coverage to Medicaid patients now covered for emergency extractions only