NYSDA Scores Victory in Preserving Dental Services in Budget
A letter from Dr. Michael Breault, NYSDA President
release of Governor David Paterson’s proposed 2010 budget for New York State,
dentistry has scored a major victory in keeping cuts to dental services out of
the budget. Adult dental Medicaid services are fully preserved in the
Governor’s proposed budget, as is all other important funding for dental
residencies, hospital dentistry, and dental education. This critical
triumph for the value of dentistry to the public health and welfare is a result
of tireless NYSDA efforts to demonstrate to the Governor the inherent cost
savings and public benefit of dental services and the superior model of
delivery of dental care to the public.
Paterson has recognized the validity of the compelling arguments NYSDA made
about the critical value of access to dental services and the role dental care
plays in the public’s oral and overall health. This is demonstrated in the
commitment to preserve dental services at full funding across a wide spectrum
of programs. Of paramount significance is the commitment to keep
dentistry intact in the Medicaid program for both adult and children’s
services. NYSDA’s success is due to the combined efforts of our highly
specialized government affairs team, including the Council on Governmental
Affairs, EDPAC, and our lobbyist.
President, I am proud of this outstanding advocacy effort. We have succeeded in
getting our elected officials to make dental services a priority. This directly
benefits the health of New Yorkers and reduces taxpayer expenses for health
problems that arise when dental disease is left untreated.