CareFirst: Maryland should expand dental care efforts
We’ve watched with interest during the past few weeks as The Sun’s coverage of the Maryland Adult Dental Pilot Program has generated important discussion about the lack of dental care for Marylanders who can’t afford it (“Maryland’s new dental insurance program for low-income residents pays to remove teeth — but not replace them,” Aug. 22).
Dental care is health care. Failure to properly care for teeth and gums can lead to emergency room visits and exacerbate chronic health conditions like heart disease, kidney failure, rheumatoid arthritis and even cancer. As we all know, any of these health conditions can adversely impact one’s quality of life and family.
For these reasons, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield has partnered with the United Way of Central Maryland and nonprofit community health centers in Baltimore and beyond to fund programs aimed at providing basic and emergency dental care to under- and uninsured residents throughout the state.
Source: The Baltimore Sun