Snyder plans to expand dental care for Mich. kids

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder wants to expand an initiative to provide more low-income Michigan children with dental care.

The Republican governor is calling for $11.6 million in the state's budget to expand the Healthy Kids Dental program. Snyder's plan would cover an additional 70,500 children in Ottawa, Ingham and Washtenaw counties. Snyder revealed his budget proposal for lawmakers Thursday for fiscal year 2014 that begins Oct. 1.

The Healthy Kids Dental program is partnership between the Michigan Department of Community Health and Delta Dental of Michigan. It provides Medicaid-eligible Michigan residents under the age of 21 with dental benefits.

There governor's office says 440,000 Michigan children are currently enrolled in the Healthy Kids Dental program.

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