Tribal dental program gets Medicaid funding


January 25, 2023

OLYMPIA — A federal appeals court reversed a last-minute Trump Administration decision to deny Medicaid funding for dental health aide therapists in Washington tribal communities, Attorney General Bob Ferguson, the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community and the Washington Health Care Authority announced Jan. 19.

These dental aides help fill a void in tribal communities, which have a significant shortage of dentists and dental services.

The state and Swinomish jointly filed an appeal with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit after President Biden took office. The state and Tribe als...

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