"The problem: Many doctors and dentists won't accept Medicaid as Florida's reimbursement rates are among the country's lowest. Medicaid pays $15 for a basic dental exam in Florida, compared to $25 in Tennessee, which is considered a model of success for Medicaid dental reform. It's about $40 for private insurance. A pilot program in Miami-Dade County pays dentists a monthly fee of $6.55 to treat each child.
'There are many counties where there are only one or two dentists willing to receive Medicaid patients and then they limit the number of Medicaid patients they do see,' attorney Stuart Singer said. He filed the lawsuit in 2005 on behalf of Florida Pediatric Society, the Florida Academy of Pediatric Dentistry and all Floridians under age 21 who now or in the future would be eligible for Medicaid."