Boise, ID.    –  On Monday, the Idaho House narrowly passed legislation to restore coverage of non-emergency dental benefits for Medicaid recipients. The bill would restore portions of the dental coverage that were reduced in 2011, to more than 30,000 Idaho Medicaid recipients. The bill will still need to pass Senate approval before moving on to the governor’s desk.

Supporters of the measure say that good oral hygiene is important to the overall medical health of Idahoan’s, as it can prevent further downstream medical issues.

Restoring the benefits will likely cost the state close to $1.24 million.