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01/19/2012

Governor Cuomo Proposes Budget Preserving Medicaid Coverage for Dental Procedures

The New York State Dental Association (NYSDA) announced today its strong support for Governor Cuomo’s 2012 budget, and appreciates his continued efforts to produce budgets with clarity and recognition of issues beyond just the bottom line. The budget demonstrates a clear understanding that good oral health is the foundation of good overall health for New Yorkers.

“The New York State Dental Association has strongly advocated the importance of oral health as the foundation of overall health, and this year’s budget indicates that the Governor has heard that message,” said Dr. Chad Gehani, President of NYSDA.  “On behalf of NYSDA, I thank the Governor for his visionary leadership and his continued support for oral health.”

The 2012 budget maintains Medicaid coverage for dental services, which provides a vital lifeline for many New Yorkers and will help lower future costs by preventing more serious dental problems from developing.

NYSDA continues to be the leader on oral health issues in New York State. From implementing a mandatory postgraduate year of residency to requiring dentists to have AEDs in their offices, NYSDA’s efforts promote and improve oral health for the residents of New York State.

The New York State Dental Association, founded in 1868, is one of the largest constituents of the American Dental Association and represents more than 13,000 dentists practicing in New York State. More information can be found at http://www.nysdental.org/index.cfm