This just in, from Bridge to Healthy
Governor Pat Quinn signed
HB 489 into law which allows dentists who treat public aid
patients to opt into a health care provider deferred compensation
plan. This allows medical or health care providers enrolled
in Medicaid to except payment from the state to be deposited into a
tax deferral investment portfolio in lieu of direct payment for
services performed. This new law will provide opportunity for
low-middle income dental patients. This is similar to an existing
retirement savings plan offered to state employees, and is
currently allowed in four other states; Arkansas, Louisiana,
Florida and Mississippi.
This deferred compensation benefit will help
motivate providers "dentists" to enroll in the Medicaid program
which will help meet the demand of all those who need care.
Illinois has among the lowest funding rates in the nation for many
dental procedures and as a result patients are forced to delay
treatment or go without dental care altogether. This program brings
us a step closer to bridging the access to care gap.
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