Have a Heart for Kids Day rally, 2015

COFA Dental Coverage: Senate Bill 5274

The 2019 Washington State Legislature passed Senate Bill 5274, establishing a COFA Islander Dental Care program. This new bipartisan law makes no-cost dental coverage available to adults from Compact of Free Association (COFA) nations residing in Washington, who are income-eligible for Medicaid (below 138% of the Federal Poverty Level).

The passage of SB 5274 builds on the progress achieved during the 2018 legislative session, when SB 5683 established the COFA Islander Health Care Program. By adding a dental program to COFA Islander Health Care, health care coverage for Washingtonians from COFA nations moves closer to parity with Medicaid and is a step forward in achieving health equity.

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