Dentist are the latest to complain about the new Medicaid system. A Pikevill dentist told the legislative panel, that patients with severe dental problems are having increasing difficulty getting care under the state’s new Medicaid managed care system.
Dentist are finding it difficult to get the prior authorization needed for routine dental procedures while their patients with abscesses, rotted teeth and infections are forced to endure lengthy waits. Dentist William Collins told the House-Senate Program Review Committee what worries him is that these patients are sitting in the dental offices, and they can not get approval. He also added than some severe dental infections can be life-threatening