KANSAS CITY, Mo. — July 1 was supposed to be the day that dental coverage for Missouri adults on Medicaid was restored, but it’s not happening.
The coverage was eliminated nearly a decade ago. Rayford Lee says you can look in his mouth to see the effect; five missing teeth. Painful, decayed ones had to be pulled.
“Just because you couldn’t afford to go in and have regular maintenance like you normally would expect somebody to do in this day and time,” said Lee.
This spring, Missouri lawmakers okayed $48 million in state and federal funds for dental care. Governor Jay Nixon signed the bill, but then withheld the funds as one way of balancing the budget that took effect Tuesday. Lee disagrees with the governor’s decision.