Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Medicaid plan to help kids | Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Texas Southwest

Medicaid plan to help kids | Dallas Morning News:

"Dr. Nancy Sue Seale, chairwoman of the department of pediatric dentistry at the Baylor College of Dentistry in Dallas, testified that only one in seven young Texans on Medicaid last year received the twice-yearly dental checkups that the federal government requires.

She called that fiscally imprudent because cavities and other problems are ignored until expensive surgery is needed.

Dr. Seale said a small number of children die from the general anesthesia required for many operations, which makes the state's failure to provide routine checkups not only foolish but inhumane."