2014 Session

Budget Amendments - HB30 (Member Request)

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Chief Patron: Dance
Co-Patron(s): O'Bannon, Stolle
Expand Preventive Dental Care to Pregnant Women

Item 301 #34h

Item 301 #34h

First Year - FY2015 Second Year - FY2016
Health and Human Resources
Medical Assistance Services, Department of FY2015 $240,783 FY2016 $303,387 GF
FY2015 $240,783 FY2016 $303,387 NGF

Page 245, line 42, strike "$8,495,724,272" and insert "$8,496,205,838".
Page 245, line 42, strike "$8,761,183,102" and insert "$8,761,789,876".
Page 264, after line 26, insert:
"FFFF.  The Department of Medical Assistance Services shall amend its State Plan under Title XIX of the Social Security Act to provide preventive dental care to pregnant women on Medicaid, effective July 1, 2014."

(This amendment provides funding to expand access to preventive dental care for pregnant women. Access to dental care is expected to reduce costs associated with Medicaid-covered newborns as women with gum disease have been found to be seven times more likely to have a pre-term or low birth-weight baby. Further, tooth decay in the mother puts her child at higher risk of developing cavities leading to weakened oral health. This is a recommendation of the Joint Commission on Health Care.)