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State's 2nd worst in dental care for poor children

Posted Tuesday, June 25, 2013 --- 8:57 a.m.

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A new report says Wisconsin's track record for providing dental care to low-income children is dismal.

The study by Pew Charitable Trusts released Tuesday says about 71 percent of Medicaid-enrolled children did not see a dentist in 2011. That's second only to Florida where 75 percent did not get dental care.

Wisconsin Dental Association past president Monica Hebl says the state spends less than 1 percent of its Medicaid budget on dental care. Hebl tells the Journal Sentinel the reimbursement rate for Medicaid patients hasn't been raised in years.

Hebl says dental care affects a person's overall health. Gum inflammation, for example, has been linked to poor control over diabetes.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press


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