Ill. restores adult dental Medicaid coverage

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to restore adult dental Medicaid care.

The legislation is included in a new law to reform and modernize the state's Medicaid system and support the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), according to a press release by the governor's office. The legislation is part of Quinn's agenda to ensure all people have access to quality healthcare and improve the health and well-being of the people of Illinois.

The new law restores previously authorized adult dental care and podiatry services, and establishes new protections for clients and healthcare providers.

In 2012, funding for adult dental services was cut to save money, but the state found that the program cuts did not save money, as more patients ended up in emergency rooms for care.

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