The VDA had a very successful Lobby Day and we thank everyone who attended and advocated on behalf of dentistry. More than 100 dentists and dental students from across Virginia met with their legislators at the General Assembly Building Friday, January 21 in Richmond. After a breakfast with a keynote address from Attorney General Jason Miyares, dentists and dental students met with their representatives in the House of Delegates and State Senate. They explained the importance of expanding access to dental care by meaningfully increasing reimbursement rates for the dental Medicaid benefit. There has been significant erosion to the benefit from inflation and rising costs since the last increase in 2005.
Our top priority this year is increasing the dental Medicaid reimbursement rates. The budget amendment (Item 304 #6s) would increase funding for the program.
If you weren’t able to make it to Lobby Day this year, it’s not too late to contact your legislators and tell them why it’s important to act this year on the dental Medicaid reimbursement rate. You may easily reach out to your legislators through the VDA action center.