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Wisconsin is 2nd worst state in dental care for poor children

MILWAUKEE (AP) - A new report says Wisconsin's track record for providing dental care to low-income children is dismal.

The study by Pew Charitable Trusts released Tuesday says about 71% of Medicaid-enrolled children did not see a dentist in 2011. That's second only to Florida where 75% did not get dental care.

Wisconsin Dental Association past president Monica Hebl says the state spends less than 1% of its Medicaid budget on dental care. Hebl tells the Journal Sentinel (http://bit.ly/1a9sKNt ) the reimbursement rate for Medicaid patients hasn't been raised in years.

Hebl says dental care affects a person's overall health. Gum inflammation, for example, has been linked to poor control over diabetes.

 

Information from: Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, http://www.jsonline.com

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