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Oppose cuts to Medicaid reimbursement!

You can help MDA oppose Medicaid rate cuts. Please contact Gov. Bullock today.

A 3.47% decrease in provider rates is planned. Here’s why. The Legislature passed a law that mandates the Governor to reduce expenditures, if state revenues fall below the forecast.  That law also requires that Medicaid rates be decreased by 1%. The Governor has directed DPHHS to further decrease Medicaid rates to reduce expenditures.

Email your message through the Governor’s public comment page at this link:  http://governor.mt.gov/Home/Contact/shareopinion  

Explain that reducing Medicaid dental rates will hurt access to care for Medicaid patients. Cite compelling examples from your practice of the dental care you provide to those patients. Ask the Governor not to further cut Medicaid rates. It’s bad health policy. The Governor and Legislature are not responsible for falling revenue and they have a duty to manage the state’s budget. But decreasing Medicaid rates is the wrong way. 

Here is Dr. Rencher's letter on behalf of MDA .

Please also contact DPHHS before August 4 to oppose the cuts. Send that message to dphhslegal@mt.gov .

Help your patients quit tobacco use!

As a dentist, you play a fundamental role in fighting tobacco use, the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the United States. You are often the first care provider to see smoking – related damage in patients, making you the direct link between a tobacco user and the help he or she needs to quit.

Your MDA and the DPHHS Oral Health Program are working together to provide resources to help you and your dental team enable your patients to quit tobacco. Click the links  below for the DPHHS dental provider toolkit and the QuitLine Referral document. Our goal is to enlist your support to increase referrals to Montana's QuitLine.

Tobacco QuitLine Referral Form

Dental Provider Tobacco Prevention Toolkit

Please forward this message to others who will help STOP TOBACCO USE!

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