MaineCare and the Fund for a Healthy Maine Under Attack
The Governor has proposed cutting 65,000 people of MaineCare, eliminating adult dental benefits, and taking 29 million from the Fund for a Healthy Maine to fill DHHS budget gaps.
The Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee is considering these proposals this week in Augusta, they need to hear from everyone concerned about the huge impact this will have on thousand of Maine residents.
Maine has had partial adult dental benefits under MaineCare (although not preventive services), but even these are being totally eliminated under the Governor's proposal. Children's dental services are protected by federal law, but the evidence shows that adults are less likely to get their children to dental services if they themselves have no access.
In the Fund for a Healthy Maine there was $600,000 for oral health remaining after the cuts from last year. This is used for school based oral health and sealant programs, and aid to community dental clinics to help them off-set the costs of providing services to low income uninsured patients at reduced rates. The entire $600,000 is being eliminated as part of the 28 million cut.
For a list of all members of the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee, and links to contact information for each one, go here.
For a copy of the proposed budget go here.