Snyder wants to extend dental plan to 100,000 kids

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing to make 100,000 Medicaid-eligible kids in Macomb and Kalamazoo counties eligible for dental coverage.

The state budget proposed Wednesday would spend $5.4 million to expand the Healthy Kids Dental program to those two counties.

The program already is available to a half-million enrollees under age 21 in 78 of Michigan's 83 counties. It would remain unavailable to about 400,000 poor kids in heavily populated Wayne, Oakland and Kent counties.

Dental visits are 50 percent higher for children who are enrolled in the program, which has been singled out as a model for improving access to dental care for low-income children. Participating dentists agree to accept Delta Dental's payment for covered services as payment in full and do not charge the enrollee.

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