- Associated Press - Saturday, December 5, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The University of Utah School of Dentistry says it will help subsidize dental benefits for disabled or blind patients if Medicaid returns to offering them.

KSL-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1IMcsrt) that the offer was made in support of legislation that would reinstate dental benefits for the disabled and blind population.

Rep. Steve Eliason, who plans to co-sponsor it, says 40,000 residents would benefit.

Dental benefits were last offered to Medicaid patients in 2009 and only half of consumers used the services.

The dental school says it will help pay the state’s share of the cost while accepting federal reimbursement.

During a meeting Thursday with a state Health Reform Task Force, Eliason said the bill includes a provision that the program cease if federal reimbursement rates drop below 65 percent.

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Information from: KSL-TV, http://www.ksl.com/

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