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(KSL News) A group of health care advocates is challenging lawmakers to support low-income Utahns in desperate need of dental help.
The activists rallied in at the state capitol, asking the legislature to not slash dental health care programs as tax revenues decline. The members of the group adorned themselves with umbrellas to point out that an economic storm is on the horizon.
Advocates fear many low-income Utahns will suffer from untreated dental infections if the state trims its financial help.
Bill Tibbetts, director of the Anti-Hunger Action Committee, said, "They need to make sure those commitments continue through the bad times. We're going through bad times, and for low-income Utahns, these are really bad times."
The group hopes this year lawmakers will preserve Medicaid dental and vision services.