California: Study Highlights Increase in Emergency Room Visits after Adult Dental Medicaid Benefit Cuts

After California removed adult dental benefits from its Medicaid program in 2009, hospitals recorded an increase of 1,800 emergency room visits for dental-related issues, according to a new study in Health Affairs. In addition, the authors estimated that the cost of emergency room visits for dental issues increased by 68% after the policy change.

Kentucky: Hospital Association Releases Report on Financial Health of State Hospitals

The Kentucky Hospital Association released a report detailing the current financial stressors on the State’s hospitals. The analysis found that the benefits derived from increased coverage through the State-based marketplace and Medicaid expansion did not offset the cuts that the hospitals are facing due to factors such as low Medicare and Medicaid rates. The report noted significant workforce and access implications, particularly in rural communities.