2-20-12: Examining Dental Care for Those on Medicaid
Five years ago this month, 12-year-old Deamonte Driver died from a brain infection, stemming from an untreated tooth ache. We’ve reported on the show about how the event has inspired Maryland officials and dentists to improve the system to make dental check-ups available to kids on Medicaid. But the statistics cited at a congressional hearing last week show relatively modest progress: from a third of Medicaid kids getting dental care the year before Deamonte died to less than half now.
Sheilah talks with one of the officials working to affect change: Congressman Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Howard County and Baltimore City. He’s leading a forum on dental health in Maryland this Wednesday, February 22, at 9:30 at the Law School at the University of Maryland.
If you’re interested in learning more about what Maryland is doing to improve dental health, check out this report issued last year by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.