A gap in government health care programs leaves many adults seeking dental care in hospital emergency departments. Medicaid programs in 10 states offer no dental benefits for adults, and most other states offer limited care, according to the American Dental Association. Medicare does not cover cleanings, fillings, extractions or dentures, a program spokeswoman said. "What this does is funnel everyone to the ER, which is the most expensive place to get health care," emergency department physician Alan Sorkey said.

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