On November 29 The Arc Wisconsin provided testimony in the State Legislature to request that they expand a dental care pilot that would improve Medicaid rates for dentists. Access to dental care across our state is a significant problem for people with disabilities.
* 29% of adults with disabilities reported having at least one permanent tooth removed over the past year
* 26% said they had not visited a dentist within the past year
* Adults with a disability are less likely to visit the dentist for a cleaning, check-up, or exam than people without disabilities (47% and 76%, respectively)
* People with disabilities are more likely to visit the dentist when something was wrong or causing pain (29% and 12%, respectively), as compared to adults without a disability.
(Wisconsin State Health Plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020)
Read our testimony here: The Arc Wisconsin Testimony on AB 627 – dental pilot