As Republican lawmakers continue their push to block Medicaid expansion for Medicaid children, pediatric dentists are voicing concerns about their future under the GOP-led House.
In a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Dr. Michael Hennig, the executive director of the Association of Dental Surgeons of America, said the Senate bill would create a new entitlement that would make dental care unaffordable for many people.
“We are concerned about the proposed changes to Medicaid, which will have a negative impact on the health of millions of Medicaid enrollees,” Hennigan wrote.
“The Senate bill will increase the cost of dental care for millions of children and adults in Medicaid, with little or no additional funding.”
He continued: “While we support expansion of Medicaid to provide dental care to more Medicaid recipients, we have grave concerns that the bill could result in additional cuts to Medicaid for children and their families.
In addition, the bill would effectively strip Medicaid of its funding for dentistry and orthodontics for millions more children.”
The bill is currently undergoing a legislative review process in the House.
It would also be the first bill to pass the House since President Donald Trump took office on Jan. 20.
It’s a clear message to Dentists, the largest dental care industry in the country.
More than half of dentists say they won’t be able to practice in the state of Texas under the Senate proposal.
It’s also a message Dentists are taking to social media, where they are encouraging Dentists to voice their concerns.
For more than a year, Texas Dentists have been calling for the Senate to reject the Senate’s Medicaid expansion plan.
They’ve sent a letter of support to members of the Senate Republican leadership, including Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, as well as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy.
“As dentists, we are deeply disappointed in the Senate plan to expand Medicaid to children,” Dentists of Texas wrote in their letter.
“It will result in an increase in dental costs for millions and will not provide dental coverage for many of the most vulnerable Texas families.”
“Our members will continue to stand up for our profession, for our state and for our children, while continuing to advocate for the best health care for our communities,” Dentels said.
The American Dental Association is also urging Dentists and their allies to oppose the Senate legislation.
“This bill, and its accompanying cuts to dental care, will harm tens of thousands of children, parents and Medicaid beneficiaries,” American Dontas said in a statement.
“We will continue our calls for Congress to reject this legislation and pass the Medicaid Expansion Act, which ensures our patients and Medicaid recipients can receive the care they need.”Read more: