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After costs balloon, Idaho looks to restore non-emergency dental services it cut in 2011

When Idaho eliminated non-emergency adult dental coverage under its Medicaid program in 2011, it hoped to save money, but it didn’t. Instead, emergency room costs ballooned, with dental-related emergency room services more than doubling from $30,000 a month in 2011 to $65,000 a month today. Now, the state is looking to restore the coverage. “It’s an important reinstatement of services,” said Sen. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, a physician who serves on the Legislature’s joint budget committee. He noted that he debated against the cut in the Senate in 2011, saying, “You can save money in your car by not changing the oil, but that’s not the right way to save money.” You can read my full story here at spokesman.com.




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