LINCOLN, Neb. — All Nebraska cities and towns with more than 1,000 residents would be required to fluoridate their water under a bill before a legislative committee Wednesday.
The goal is to reduce tooth decay. Less teeth decay also could lower dental costs paid annually by Medicaid, the state’s health insurance program for the poor and disabled.
A similar bill introduced two years ago failed to pass.
Opponents argue that fluoride is not effective and could be a health threat if ingested long enough.
The proposed requirement is estimated to impact between 60 and 75 communities in the state.
The bill this year, as it was two years ago, is sponsored by Sen. Jim Jensen of Omaha. It is before the Health Committee.