State Senator John Proos is praising a program included in the newest Department of Community Health budget that provides dental care to children in rural areas. He says that the spending plan includes expanded funding for the Healthy Kids Dental program. It’s a private-public partnership between the DCH and Delta Dental that ensures Medicaid eligible residents under 21 get things like x rays, cleanings, fillings, and other standard oral work done. Proos says that he’s glad the latest DCH budget expands Healthy Dental a bit to counties like Berrien and Cass.
Doctor Fred Johansen, Berrien County Health Department medical director, also strongly urged the expansion of the program, saying that the “Healthy Kids Dental program has been shown to expand access to children who otherwise would not receive needed dental services.” The budget now goes on to Governor Rick Snyder for his signature.