- Associated Press - Friday, December 4, 2015

WHITE RIVER JUNCTION, Vt. (AP) - As more people are becoming eligible for dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act, many Vermont dentists are not accepting new Medicaid patients.

A manager of a White River Junction clinic that provides free medical and dental care tells Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1jDud5E ) that they’ve turned people away due to staffing shortages. The clinic has one dentist paid by the state to treat patients on Medicaid.

Many private practitioners say reimbursement rates are too low. The state has eight federally-qualified health clinics that accept Medicaid and treat uninsured patients.

The state Department of Health is supporting a proposal to license a new class of dental providers. It would provide affordable basic care in schools and nursing homes in addition to dental offices.

The measure requires approval from the state legislature.


Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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