Medicaid to cover Alaska dental patients through September

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) – Alaska’s Medicaid program will continue to provide dental care for adults through the end of September.

The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services says the announcement Friday equals five more weeks of care.

Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy vetoed money for the dental program and dentists were told Medicaid funding ended July 1.

A state official says the extension is intended to help Alaskans who began dental treatments before July 1 that were not completed at the time of the veto.

The official says all Medicaid beneficiaries will be able to take advantage of the dental extension.

Health and social services department figures show more than one in four Alaskans were on some form of Medicaid as of Aug. 1.

Information from: Anchorage Daily News,