Ungar’s source for that is Dr. Raynor Mullins of the College of Dentistry at the University of Kentucky, who told her that only 700 to 800 of the state’s nearly 2,500 dentists, about 30 percent, accept Medicaid patients.
That makes now seem like a good time for journalists to ask their local dentists if they accept Medicaid — and if not, why not; and if so, whether they are considering dropping it.
Ungar notes that 28 of Kentucky’s 120 counties are deemed not to have enough dentists to serve the local population. Most if not all of them are rural. You can find out which counties are under-served by physical, dental or mental health providers at this federal Health Resources and Services Administration website.