Maine proposal would eliminate dental insurance waiting periods for kids

A proposed bill would eliminate insurance waiting periods for anyone under the age of 19 in Maine, according to CBS and CW+ affiliate WABI TV5.

Jonathan Shenkin, DDS, a pediatric dentist in Augusta, Maine, introduced the idea to state Sen. Heather Sanborn, D-Portland, after seeing the effects of delayed dental care due to waiting periods.

Dr. Shenkin had three patients in pain who couldn't receive treatment because their parents were paying a premium for dental insurance and couldn't afford dental care at the time, according to WABI TV5.

Orthodontic care is not included in the proposed changes.

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