New law could bring preventative dental coverage to 85,000 more N.H. residents

New Hampshire Public Radio | By Annmarie Timmins - New Hampshire Bulletin

fter years of coming close, the state is poised to give its approximately 85,000 residents on Medicaid coverage not just for tooth extractions and emergency dental care but also for the diagnostic and preventive care needed to fend off those serious problems.

The House and Senate gave final approval to Senate Bill 422 Thursday, and Gov. Chris Sununu said he’ll sign it. Advocates say it’s both a health care and workforce bill because people with obvious dental problems can struggle to get hired. Securing employment, they say, is a step toward getting off Medicaid.

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