Traverse City Record-Eagle


October 2, 2013

Mich. budget extends dental care to 64,000 kids

LANSING — About half of Michigan’s Medicaid-eligible children and young adults now qualify for dental coverage.

An additional 64,000 kids in Ingham, Ottawa and Washtenaw counties are included in the Healthy Kids Dental program in the state budget that took effect Tuesday.

The program is available to a half-million enrollees under age 21 in 78 of Michigan’s 83 counties. It remains unavailable to nearly a half-million poor kids in heavily populated Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Kent and Kalamazoo counties.

Republican Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration and Delta Dental of Michigan, the insurance company that administers the Healthy Kids Dental program, celebrated the addition of three counties during a news conference at a Lansing elementary school on Tuesday.



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