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Legislative hearing on Medicaid dental expansion canceled

By: - July 13, 2023 4:45 pm

Dr. Bill Collins, a supporter of the Medicaid dental expansion, treats a patient at the Red Bird Mission dental clinic in Clay County. (Photo by Deborah Yetter)

A public hearing on Gov. Andy Beshear’s plan to have Medicaid cover more dental, vision and hearing services for adults scheduled Friday, July 14, has been canceled.

The hearing by the Administrative Regulation Review Subcommittee was to have been held at 1 p.m. in Frankfort for comments on Beshear’s plan that expands Medicaid to pay for additional health services including dentures, fillings, crowns and root canals as well as vision and hearing benefits such as glasses and hearing aids.

The cancellation was confirmed by a spokesman for the Legislative Research Commission.

About 900,000 Kentuckians who get health coverage through Medicaid are eligible for the new dental, vision and hearing benefits.

Medicaid is the federal-state health plan that provides coverage for about 1.7 million children and adults in Kentucky.

The next meeting of the committee is Aug. 8, according to the legislative website.

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Deborah Yetter
Deborah Yetter

Deborah Yetter is an independent journalist who previously worked for 38 years for The Courier Journal, where she focused on child welfare and health and human services. She lives in Louisville and has a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a bachelor's degree from the University of Louisville.