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Creating an oral health pilot program for adults with diabetes and pregnant women (Walsh, Darneille, Rivers)

Requires the state health care authority to begin a three-year pilot program with the Washington dental foundation to test enhanced dental benefits for medicaid apple health adults with diabetes and pregnant women.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE (First Substitute):
-Corrects references to the Washington Dental Service.
-Foundation Increases the allowable number of periodontal treatments up to four per year.
-Adds a reference to the program linking patients to care.

EFFECT OF CHANGES MADE BY WAYS & MEANS COMMITTEE (Second Substitute):
-Makes the dental pilot statewide to allow the program to qualify for federal Medicaid matching dollars
-Allows the additional periodontal treatments to be available to all adults with diabetes and pregnant women regardless of the location of the service, which includes services provided by Migrant and Community Health Centers that will not receive the enhanced reimbursement

EFFECT OF STRIKER AMENDMENT: States the legislature's intent that the pilot program reduce the prevalence of preeclampsia and gestational diabetes in pregnant women and the incidence of heart disease, kidney disease, blindness, and amputation in adults with diabetes. Requires the final report to include an assessment of the effectiveness of the pilot program at reducing health care costs and improving health outcomes for pregnant women and adults with diabetes.

Hearing Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017 -- 1:30 pm

WA State Legislature Link:
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=5540&Year=2017    (opens a new browser tab)