Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter removed a political abscess Tuesday, restoring all previously contracted dental care providers to the state's Medicaid-funded Idaho Smiles program.
In the wake of cuts to Medicaid, some 150 dentists were cut from the Idaho program that provides dental services to indigent patients. Some dentists warned they'd lose more than half their patients.
Otter facilitated talks among the Idaho Dental Association, program contractor DentaQuest and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare. The talks resulted in a decision that no state Medicaid recipients will be denied access to dental care.