Dental Issues

Here is an article on dental issues regarding people with developmental disabilities.  It’s not a new problem but is an ongoing one.  The recent Medicaid cuts removed funding for preventative care for adults, though SU is required to assure residents in our group homes receive it.  Even with Medicaid, the dental rates were so low and the payments so late that it was a losing proposition for dentists to serve people under that funding source.  There is a state grant that supports the Milestone dental clinic up in Rockford–this has been a great help to many in the state, and we are grateful that that grant has survived so far.  Though it is an economic issue, it is relatively small for SU in relation to the other cuts we have received over the past several years, and it’s difficult to argue that the state needs to make cuts but that there should never be a cut in our own area.

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