Dental Medicaid increases in state budget represent Wisconsin’s first significant investment in oral health in two decades
The Wisconsin Dental Association today released the following statement from WDA President Dr. Paula Crum (Green Bay), after Gov. Tony Evers signed the 2021-23 biennial budget, which includes monumental increases in dental Medicaid reimbursement.
“On behalf of the 3,100 members of the Wisconsin Dental Association, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to the Legislature and Gov. Evers for including dental Medicaid reimbursement increases in the 2021-23 state budget. Through bipartisan action and support, the Legislature and Governor have taken a strong step forward toward increasing access to care for our state’s most vulnerable populations.
“I also want to extend my appreciation to WDA member dentists who sent over 500 messages to lawmakers urging them to support increased Medicaid reimbursement. Successful advocacy campaigns require engaged and enthusiastic grassroots partners. Today’s bill signing is a testament to this.
“We greatly appreciate the increased attention being paid to oral health in Wisconsin. We all agree that getting more people quality oral healthcare will require a multipronged approach, utilizing a variety of solutions. The Wisconsin Dental Association strongly believes increasing reimbursement rates in our state is one of the prongs to do just that. Today is a momentous day, and we look forward to continuing to collaborate to accomplish even more this legislative session.”