Court orders Medicaid to reinstate dental care

July 5, 2013

medA federal appeals court on Friday invalidated a California law that eliminated coverage of some healthcare services for the poor including adult dental and optometry. [Reuters]

A three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court Appeals said the federal Medicaid program for the poor prohibits the changes imposed by the California law.

In 2009, California lawmakers voted to eliminate adult dental, podiatry, optometry and chiropractic care to help remedy the budget crisis. Health care professionals then sued to block the changes.


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What do medicare (people who payed into the program) recipients get in the way of dental? Zero, Zip, Nada. Yet someone who crosses the border illegally has full dental coverage on day two? I don’t get it.

Routine dental care under Medicare is not covered, but there are specific dental procedures that are …particularly when they are a part of a covered procedure.

Get your facts straight.

As to your bugaboo about ‘illegals’: it was various health care professionals that sued to reinstate the Medicaid dental. It’s their business, after all.

Specific dental coverage under ANY care (even overpriced insurance) is virtually useless.

The importance of dental is incredibly underrated. It affects every aspect of one’s being.

Psychological: lack of self-confidence and attractiveness,

Physical: possible adverse effects on the heart. Inability to bite and or chew food.

Even in regards to employability: At many levels a potential employer will pass on an applicant

because he/she looks bad.

Dentists make way too much money and are far too revered for what they do. I have more than

one horror story about what egotistical/self-important dentists have gotten away with.

Medicare and Medicaid are two different agencies.

Medicaid is the equivalent of MediCal, and it is not for, as you said, ‘someone who crosses the border illegally’. It is for people with super low incomes, like all those poor people working at Wal-Mart part time, because Wal-Mart won’t hire them full time. THey know, if you have a full time employee you have to buy insurance. Wal-Mart has their employees sign up for MediCal.

BTW, they only thing MediCal ever covered was extracting teeth, and a pair of false teeth, for adults.

I suspect that when the lawmakers decided NOT to give ‘those who paid into it’ on Medicare, they probably figured they wouldn’t want that type of treatment. Those with money, would probably chose to keep their teeth, get an implant, or a root canal and crown. All those serves have never been covered on MediCal, except for limit circumstances. So when you say, you don’t get it….Do you really want it?