Preserve dental benefits for our most vulnerable citizens

Alonzo Osche

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our state’s budget. Once again, dental care for poor adults is on the chopping block. Eliminating dental benefits for adults using Medicaid will not solve our budget problems — and will lead to more unnecessary suffering.

Good oral health is essential to our health and well-being. It helps us to contribute to society. Imagine trying to find a job with dark cavities in your front teeth. Or having to care for young children while nursing a toothache that’s kept you awake the past week.

Medicaid is our country’s safety net health insurance program. We are

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