More Ohioans will have access to dental care through Medicaid ex - 21 News Now, More Local News for Youngstown, Ohio -

More Ohioans will have access to dental care through Medicaid expansion

Posted: Updated:

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - While some believe the Affordable Care Act has the potential to reshape health care in America, it appears the law does little to address the country's dental care needs.  

"Access to dental care it is multi factorial.  It is a very complex problem and certainly volunteering isn't going to solve it," said Dr. Marybeth Shaffer with the Cordyn Palmer Dental Society.

In Ohio, dental care is the number one unmet health care need for both adults and children.  Many dental professionals, like Dr. Marybeth Shaffer, are hopeful the expansion of Medicaid will help put a dent in the problem.

"One of the things we are very fortunate for in Ohio is that our governor and legislature has continued to fund adult dental medicaid benefits, which helps a lot," said Dr. Shaffer.

By 2018,  it is believed nearly 7.5 million adults and children will have gained dental benefits through Medicaid expansion.  Another 19.5 million are expected to receive coverage through private insurance and insurance purchased through the exchanges.

"I think legislation to expand dental services to adults in many different forms is going to have to become a necessity and one that the public needs to advocate for as well.  Good oral health is part of overall well being and health," said Dr. Shaffer.

The additional Ohioans eligible for Medicaid benefits can begin receiving coverage January 1, 2014.

  • More From wfmj.comMore>>

  • Man charged for urinating on Modell's grave

    Man charged for urinating on Modell's grave

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:58 PM EDT2014-07-30 01:58:59 GMT
    Baltimore County authorities say they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the gravesite of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.More >>
    Baltimore County authorities say they will charge a man with disorderly conduct in a cemetery for allegedly urinating on the gravesite of former Baltimore Ravens owner Art Modell.
    More >>
  • Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Senate passes highway bill, sends it back to House

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:47 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:47:27 GMT
    The Senate is scheduled to take up legislation Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to states, with just three days left before the government plans to start slowing down payments.More >>
    The Senate voted Tuesday to keep federal highway money flowing to the states into December but only after rejecting the House's reliance on what lawmakers called a funding "gimmick" and moving to force a post-election...More >>
  • 1 of 2 Ohio plane crash victims not yet identified

    1 of 2 Ohio plane crash victims not yet identified

    Monday, July 28 2014 9:48 PM EDT2014-07-29 01:48:43 GMT
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. One of the victims in the crash near Findlay was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed. Deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sund...More >>
    FINDLAY, Ohio (AP) - Authorities in northwest Ohio are still trying to identify one of two people killed in a weekend plane crash. One of the victims in the crash near Findlay was the CEO of an Ohio manufacturing company. A coroner was trying to identify the remains of a woman killed in the crash, but the Hancock County Sheriff's Office says DNA testing may be needed. Deputies say Ralf Bronnenmeier, CEO of Grob Systems in Bluffton, was piloting the single-engine plane that crashed early Sund...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WFMJ. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms