Written by The Associated Press Thursday, 07 October 2010 10:03
Roughly 150 dentists have been cut from the Idaho program that provides dental services to Medicaid patients, and the dentists said that will make it harder for those people to get dental care.
Boise pediatric dentist Roy Rogers said he’ll lose more than half his patients when the new Idaho Smiles network goes into effect next month. The Idaho Dental Association said DentaQuest, the subcontractor that administers the provider network, is trying to control costs by cutting the biggest providers of Medicaid dental services.
Rogers said he already represented a bargain for the network—providing some services, like sealant and upgrading to white fillings instead of amalgam fillings—for free to Medicaid patients. The work was more about providing a service than it was about money, he said.