The Vermont Coalition of Clinics for the Uninsured says fewer people will have health insurance because the state is providing less money for Vermont Health Connect navigators this year.
The time is right for licensed dental practitioners in Vermont. Our dentist workforce is the oldest in the country. Recruiting new dentists alone won’t solve the problem.
If Vermonters currently on VHAP or Catamount are faced with large increases in cost-sharing requirements, they will likely drop insurance and again have only free clinics and hospital emergency rooms to turn to for health care.
To date, Vermont’s health care reform efforts have excluded oral health, much as we excluded mental health for many years. For people with commercial health insurance, dental insurance is not included, and a secondary policy is often not available or affordable.