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Dental care for Medicaid patients is expanding, but a study says that won’t reduce ER visits
Washington Post

A lack of dental care for low-income Americans has long put stress on hospital emergency rooms, a new study has found, bringing hundreds of thousands of patients in to ERs for minor dental problems.

The study, published this week in Health Affairs, found that in 2010, somewhere around 2 percent of all ER visits was dedicated to avoidable these patients, posing questions about how best to deliver dental care to poor people.