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In Pennsylvania, Medicaid cuts reduce options for dental care

from Kaiser Health News/Essential Public Radio/NPR

Medicaid, a program funded jointly by the federal government and the states, covers the the poor and disabled, and coverage varies by state. Most states don't pay for any dental care. Now, in Pennsylvania, Republican Gov. Tom Corbett has reduced Pennsylvania's 2 million adult Medicaid patients to basic dental care, eliminating root canals, periodontal disease work and limiting the number of dentures a patient can receive. The plan now covers little more than cleanings, fillings and extractions. The Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare estimates it is saving $42 million this year. Spokeswoman Anne Bale explains they needed to save this money. more

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