Fluoride Action Network

May 4 Public Hearing in NYC on using Medicaid to pay for new fluoridation schemes

Source: Fluoride Action Network | May 3rd, 2016
Location: United States, New York

With the aim to improve the dental health of poor children, over 2 million New Yorkers are targeted for new water fluoridation schemes.

May 4 Meeting in New York City
at the NYU Kimmel Center
60 Washington Square Park South
9:30am – 2:30pm

9:30 – 9:45:       NY State Department of Health Program Presentation
9:45 – 9:50:       Welcome
9:50 – 12:15:     Public Comment
12:15 – 12:45:   Lunch
12:45 – 2:20:     Public Comment
2:20-2:30:          Wrap-Up

July 12 in Albany at the Empire State Plaza– details to come

Your Comments:
• limited to 5 minutes per presenter. Please direct all questions to DSRIP@health.ny.gov.
may be submitted through May 13, 2016 to DSRIP@health.ny.gov

These meetings will be webcast live (see link) and will be open to the public. No pre-registration is required. Individuals who wish to provide comment will be asked to register on site.

Areas targeted for fluoridation using Medicaid for funding:

Area County Population
Long Island Nassau & Suffolk 1,840,000
Rockland County 321,000
Albany Albany 98,400
Ithaca Tompkins 30,500
Cornell University Tompkins 21,850
Johnson City Broome 14,900
Poughkeepsie Dutchess 31,000
Queensbury Water District Warren 27,000

For more information

Important study on preterm birth in Upstate New York titled Relationship between municipal water fluoridation and preterm birth in Upstate New York (2009). The lead author works for the NYS Department of Health. We learned about this study from a published abstract which stated: “Domestic water fluoridation was associated with an increased risk of PTB [preterm birth]. This relationship was most pronounced among women in the lowest SES [socio-economic-status] groups (>10% poverty) and those of non-white racial origin.” Read the full abstract.