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CONCORD, NEW HAMPSHIRE – On Tuesday, the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs committee voted 19-1 to pass HB 103, a bill establishing a dental benefit under the state Medicaid plan. Prime sponsor of the legislation, Rep. Joe Schapiro (D-Keene) released the following statement:

“House Democrats have long championed dental benefits for adult recipients of Medicaid. While a bill establishing such a benefit in principle was signed into law in 2019, implementation of the program has repeatedly stalled; leaving emergency room visits and extraction as the only options for those in pain. Affordable access to healthcare is a Democratic priority. Therefore, we take great pride in this week’s near unanimous vote to move this forward in the House Health, Human Services, and Elderly Affairs committee. Making available comprehensive preventative and restorative oral health care is critical to maintaining overall health, preventing pain, and suffering, and decreasing costs associated with emergency room visits. I look forward to a vote of the full House in January and the opportunity for tens of thousands of low-income Granite Staters to finally have the health care that they deserve. “

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