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Poverty-related issues in the news, from the Institute for Research on Poverty

Medicaid and Dental Care – Idaho

Dentists push for higher pay from Idaho Medicaid, By Audrey Dutton, February 17, 2016, Idaho Statesman: “Jack Klure has been working as a dentist for 40 years, half of those in the Boise area. He sees 30 to 40 paying customers a week who have private health insurance or pay cash. But he and other Idaho dentists say they have given up on seeing Medicaid patients — a group that includes many Idaho children — because the government health insurance doesn’t pay enough, so they are pushing for higher reimbursement rates.  The state’s Medicaid reimbursement rate to dentists is slightly below the national average. As a percentage of the dentists’ full-price fee, reimbursements have decreased about 25 percent over the past 10 years, according to the American Dental Association…”