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Some good news for a change – CT is recognized as a national leader in getting dental care to children in a new report by the Pew Center for the States. The proportion of children on Medicaid receiving dental care has been rising since 2005 up to 41.4%. It’s true that is low, well below the rate for children with private insurance at 58% (and far below 100%, every child deserves decent health care) but it is above the US Medicaid average of 38.1%. We met six of eight benchmark oral health policies, so we are far ahead of most states. Oral health advocates (current and former) at the CT Oral Health Initiative, Greater Hartford Legal Assistance, and champions in the General Assembly deserve all the credit.
Ellen Andrews