More than 200,000 Maine residents may gain access to preventive dental care under new budget agreement

State legislators in Maine have proposed a budget agreement that includes new funding to provide preventive dental care to more than 200,000 adults under MaineCare, the state's Medicaid program.

Earlier this month, Maine's House and Senate passed a bill to allow people 21 or older under MaineCare to receive preventive, diagnostic and restorative care beginning in April 2022, costing the state an estimated $1.1 million.

The full legislature is expected to vote on the proposed budget June 30.

Previously, Maine was one of 10 states that only covered emergency dental care. In 2012, a task force estimated the state paid $17 million per year for dental-related emergency room visits.

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