enews 1-14-2016

Preventive adult dental services bill introduced
The first day of the Legislature’s regular session witnessed introduction of Senate
Bill 145 by Senator Chris Walters (R-Putnam) calling for certain preventive dental
services be made available to adult Medicaid beneficiaries.
WVDA Executive Director Richard Stevens discussed the potential for the bill with
Senator Walters last Friday.  Senator Ron Stollings (D-Boone), former chair of the
Senate Health Committee, has expressed the need for such legislation.
The proposal calls for Medicaid to cover the following dental services:
(1)    Complete exam by a licensed dentist every two years or more frequently as
determined by the dentist;
(2)    Bite-wing X-rays at least once a year or more frequently as determined by the
dentist;
(3)    Teeth cleaning by a licensed dentist or under his or her direction at least twice
a year or more frequently as determined by the dentist; and
(4)    A full-mouth X-ray services at least once every three years or more frequently
as determined by the dentist.
The bill calls for the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Resources
to seek federal approval of these services.
The proposal must first be approved by the Senate Committee on Health and Human
Resources then the Committee on Finance before going before the full Senate for a
vote.