March 5, 2020 by MJ Lacourse

Sharing stories of pain and stigma, low-income Mainers call on lawmakers to pass dental bill

Dozens of working-class Mainers rallied at the State House on Thursday to demand their legislators vote to support a bill to guarantee comprehensive dental coverage for low-income adults through MaineCare, Maine’s Medicaid program.

LD 1955 is the second attempt to secure dental coverage for low-income adults after a similar bill, LD 1453, passed both the state House and Senate with bipartisan support in 2019. That bill was not signed by Governor Janet Mills and was not funded in the budget. If passed, LD 1955 would allow adult residents with an annual incomes below $17,000, who qualify for MaineCare, to receive dental benefits.