Wednesday, August 31, 2011

In pain, mom-to-be found only dentist wait list - JSOnline:

In Milwaukee where the water is fluoridated: "I called everyone listed in the book," said Hamberlin, one of more than 4,700 pregnant women in Milwaukee County in July eligible for dental coverage through BadgerCare Plus, the state's Medicaid program for pregnant women and families.

"They had a three-month waiting list, or their numbers were disconnected, or they said they weren't taking my insurance."

The Journal Sentinel found a similar result: Calls to all 55 dental clinics in the city listed on the state BadgerCare Plus website found only eight that were accepting new adult BadgerCare patients enrolled in the managed care organizations that administer the program. And most were booking new patients two to three months out.