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Bill To Establish Adult Medicaid Dental Benefit Fails, But Advocates Will Try Again In 2020

July 2, 2019
by Press Herald

More than 70,000 Mainers would gain coverage under the proposal.

The Maine Legislature failed to approve about $6.5 million in state tax funds to establish an adult Medicaid dental benefit, but advocates said they will try again in January, and lawmakers have created a “working group” to study the plan.

Dr. Jonathan Shenkin, past president of the Maine Dental Association, said while he holds out hope for 2020, it was disheartening to see the bill unfunded after an active legislative session. Democrats hold majorities in the state House and Senate and control the executive branch with Gov. Janet Mills. Mills has signaled she would support a “financially responsible” expansion of dental benefits.

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