Monday, February 15, 2010

State can't afford to improve dental service for poor, official says - Springfield, IL - The State Journal-Register

"The difficulties low-income Illinoisans encounter in obtaining dental care are no secret, a state official says.

But amid a recession and a multibillion-dollar state budget deficit, the tens of millions of dollars that would be needed to make a dent in the problem aren’t available, Illinois Medicaid director Theresa Eagleson said."

[However, if Chicago is anything like New York City, tens of millions of dollars are wasted every year putting ineffective fluoride chemicals into the public water supplies (manpower, equipment, chemicals, etc.)] in just that one city alone. The entire state of Illinois is required to add fluoride chemicals by a state law which needs to be repealed. The money saved can be used to actually treat Illinoisans rotted teeth.