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File #: 120188    Version: 0
Type: Resolution Status: Placed On File
File created: 5/22/2012 In control: STEERING & RULES COMMITTEE
On agenda: Final action: 7/24/2012
Effective date:    
Title: Resolution authorizing the transfer and expenditure of funds within the Milwaukee Water Works to create an oral health program for medically-underserved children.
Sponsors: ALD. BOHL
Attachments: 1. E-Mail from Carrie Lewis_Subject-Fluoridation levels on behalf of Alderman.pdf, 2. 07-25-2011 Dispute Over State Grant for Dental Program - WSAU News-Talk 550AM 99.9FM.pdf, 3. 12-28-2010 Wis. Groups Clash Over Proposed Dental School - DrBicuspid.pdf, 4. 10-14-2010 Milwaukee Named a Cavity Capital - JSOnline.pdf, 5. 05-10-2010 Investigation Dentists Won't Treat Children on state health plan - WKOW 27 Madison WI.pdf, 6. 05-28-2011 State Lags Neighbors in Needy Children's Dental Care - JSOnline.pdf, 7. 12-14-2009 The Root Problem - JSOnline.pdf, 8. Revised Fiscal Impact Statement, 9. Fiscal Impact Statement, 10. Hearing Notice List
Number
120188
Version
ORIGINAL
Reference

Sponsor
ALD. BOHL
Title
Resolution authorizing the transfer and expenditure of funds within the Milwaukee Water Works to create an oral health program for medically-underserved children.
Analysis
This resolution authorizes the transfer of funds, in the amount of $540,000, used for the fluoridation of water distributed by the Milwaukee Water Works to a new account to create the “To Every Child a Healthy Smile” program, an oral health program for medically-underserved children in the City.
Body
Whereas, In 1953, the Common Council voted to add fluoride to the water supply at a time when Milwaukee had a serious problem of tooth decay and, unlike today, fluoridated tooth pastes, gels and mouthwash were not readily available; and

Whereas, Fluoridation is unethical as individuals are not asked for their informed consent prior to medication, as is standard practice for the administration of all other medications; and

Whereas, Medically-underserved children are often without dental care due to the economic constraints dentists experience as a result of low reimbursement rates through Medicare programs such as BadgerCare; and

Whereas, As a result, low-income children have less access to dental care, less preventive measures and less access to education, all of which contribute to oral health problems; and

Whereas, Statistics show that out of about 111,000 Medicaid-eligible children in Milwauke County, only about 21,000 children have received dental exams; and

Whereas, The Milwaukee Water Works estimates the cost for 2012 of introducing sodium silicofluoride or other fluoride compounds into water distributed by the Milwaukee Water Works to be $540,000; and

Whereas, The Milwaukee Water Works Account No. 632000-Fund No. 0410-Dept. No. 6412-Program No. 5221-Class No. R999-Year 2012 and Account No. 632000-Fund No. 0410-Dept. No. 6416-Program No. 5222-Class No. R999-Year 2012, have an approximate combined existin...

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