Cutting Adult Dental Program From Medicaid A Proven Disaster by mypressmanager

VIEWS: 14 PAGES: 2

Springfield, IL (myPressManager.com) April 23, 2012
The Illinois State Dental Society recognizes that Governor Quinn and the Illinois legislature are facing intense budget pressures as they attempt to find $2.7 billion in savings from the Medicaid program. However, eliminating the adult dental program from the Medicaid budget will not produce any significant savings. Adults that experience pain and infection from dental conditions will be forced to seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms, where staff is unable to provide definitive treatment and costs to the Medicaid program skyrocket. In a dental office, an emergency exam and surgical extraction of a tooth would cost the dental Medicaid program $73.60, and could address the condition before it escalates into multiple emergency room visits and possible hospitalization. Dental problems will not resolve themselves, and in some cases, patients will develop severe systemic infections that require hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospitalizations. Retaining the adult program is the only cost effective and efficient option for treating dental problems.

More Info
									Cutting Adult Dental Program From Medicaid A Proven Disaster                                                                                          Page 1 of 2




                                                                                     Call us at
                                                                                                                      Username
                                                                                     (888)544-2100
                                                                                                                                       Forgot your password?



   Home          Why Us           How it Works             Pricing         PR Resources             For Journalists         Newsroom            Contact Us




  Cutting Adult Dental Program From Medicaid A Proven Disaster                                                               Media Contact

  Springfield, IL (myPressManager.com) April 23, 2012                                 ShareThis
                                                                                                                            Lee Ann Beane
  The Illinois State Dental Society recognizes that Governor Quinn and the Illinois                                         Director of Communications
  legislature are facing intense budget pressures as they attempt to find $2.7 billion in                                   Illinois State Dental Society
  savings from the Medicaid program. However, eliminating the adult dental program from
                                                                                                                            1010 South Second Street, P.O.
  the Medicaid budget will not produce any significant savings. Adults that experience pain
                                                                                                                            Box 376
  and infection from dental conditions will be forced to seek treatment in hospital emergency rooms, where
                                                                                                                            Springfield, IL, 62705
  staff is unable to provide definitive treatment and costs to the Medicaid program skyrocket. In a dental
  office, an emergency exam and surgical extraction of a tooth would cost the dental Medicaid program                       Phone (217)525-1406
  $73.60, and could address the condition before it escalates into multiple emergency room visits and                       info@isds.org
  possible hospitalization. Dental problems will not resolve themselves, and in some cases, patients will                   www.isds.org
  develop severe systemic infections that require hundreds of thousands of dollars in hospitalizations.
  Retaining the adult program is the only cost effective and efficient option for treating dental problems.
                                                                                                                             Quotable
  Gov. Quinn has also proposed a reduction in Medicaid reimbursement rates for healthcare providers in an
  attempt to achieve even more savings. Additional rate cuts to the dentists who provide care to children
  covered by the Medicaid program would be devastating. For decades , Illinois has reimbursed dentists for
  restorative services, like fillings and crowns, at levels drastically below the costs of providing care. Illinois
  ranks 48th in the country for its Medicaid funding rates. Further cuts will drive even more dentists away
                                                                                                                            Eliminating the adult
  from treating the children's Medicaid population.                                                                         dental program from
                                                                                                                            the Medicaid budget
  The State of Illinois learned an expensive lesson about cutting adult Medicaid dental services when former
  Gov. Edgar took that action in FY 1996. By the next fiscal year, the adult program was restored. Let s not
                                                                                                                            will not produce any
  repeat a past history of failure. The Illinois State Dental Society encourages a thorough review of those                 significant savings.
  currently eligible to obtain services under the Medicaid program to ensure that scarce state funds are
  truly being used for the most vulnerable populations. The dentists of the Illinois State Dental Society will
  continue to work with Governor Quinn and the Illinois legislature to develop an appropriate solution that
  will not harm patients or falsely claim short-term savings.
                                                                                                                             Press Kit
  About the Illinois State Dental Society
  The Illinois State Dental Society is a professional association of over 6,400 member dentists in Illinois.
                                                                                                                            Images
  Learn more about the Society at www.ISDS.org. Founded by dentists in Chicago in 1865, the Illinois State
  Dental Society continues to write an interesting history each year through achievements that not only
  improve the oral health of the public, but also enhance the profession of dentistry.

                                                                                                                            Want to place myPressManager
                                                                                                                            Press Releases on your site?
  ###
                                                                                                                            Click here for Options.

  Share with others:




                                                                                                                                                      PRID002144




http://www.mypressmanager.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRId=2144                                                                                              4/23/2012
Cutting Adult Dental Program From Medicaid A Proven Disaster                                                                                     Page 2 of 2




                                                                                                                 CONTACT        FIND A DENTIST       SITE SEARCH


                                                       Login ID

                                                         REMEMBER ME                     NEED PASSWORD HELP?
                                                                                                                                Become a Member Today!
               HOME    ABOUT US         MEMBER CENTER             EVENTS     ADVOCACY         PUBLIC RELATIONS              -- ISDS RESOURCE CENTER --




                                                                                                                                         FOR THE PUBLIC

                                                                                                                                   FIND A DENTIST

                                                                                                                                   HANDLING A DISPUTE

                                                                                                                                   KIDS ACTIVITIES

                                                                                                                                   ALL KIDS / MEDICAID

                                                                                                                                   SPECIAL NEEDS PATIENTS

                                                                                                                                   CAREERS




      myPressManager®/Media Tracking, Inc. is the originating wire service for this story. For Terms of
      Use and License of this Press Release, click here.




  For more information,                              Home                        About Us
  call us at   (888)544-2100                         Why Us                      Blog

                                                     How It Works                Terms of Service

         facebook             twitter                Pricing                     Copyright

                                                     PR Resources                Privacy Policy

                                                     Newsroom                    Site Map

                                                     Contact Us
                                                                                                               myPressManager is a service of Media Tracking, Inc.

                                                                                                                                    © 2011 myPressManager.com

                                                                                                                                              All Rights Reserved.




http://www.mypressmanager.com/PressRelease.aspx?PRId=2144                                                                                          4/23/2012

								
To top