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Tennessee Considers a Two-Pronged Solution to Improving Access to Care

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The state of Tennessee does not currently provide dental benefits to adults covered by Medicaid. The Volunteer State also has few dentists—less than 30%—willing to accept patients insured through Medicaid due to low reimbursement rates—leaving 143 regions designated as “dental care health professional shortage areas.” Tennessee lawmakers are hoping to change this with a two-pronged approach. First, spend $75 million to expand dental benefits to more than 600,000 Medicaid recipients. Second, give $94 million to the state’s two dental schools in order to graduate more dentists. Both projects are part of Tennessee Governor Bill Lee’s proposed 2023 budget. Click here to read more.

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