Across numerous medical fields, professionals agree that good oral health is critical to overall health, and an important component of treating or managing many diseases. The Clinical Consensus on Medically Necessary Dental Care compiles the professional, clinical perspectives of numerous medical organizations about the importance and relevance of oral and dental health to the management and treatment of diseases within their respective disciplines.
For legal and political reasons, the Trump administration has characterized using Medicaid waivers to impose work reporting requirements on Medicaid beneficiaries as experimental, relying on Section 1115 of the Affordable Care Act. Similarly, states proposing Medicaid Section 1115 waivers to add work reporting requirements have hypothesized gains in self-sufficiency, increased employment, and improved health. These are dubious claims, and many observers saw these so-called experimental projects for what they were: an attempt to kick people off Medicaid.
The Trump administration final rule on public charge drastically changes the requirements for certain immigrants to enter the United States and/or become permanent residents. Most immigrants who are either entering the U.S. or applying for lawful permanent residency must show that they are not likely to become a “public charge” – that is, they will not be dependent on the U.S. government for their financial support. The administration’s expansion of public charge to include Medicaid and other health care programs will force families to choice between health care and being together.
In May 2019, Consumers First released its Call to Action which identified six underlying distortions in the health care system that need immediate policy action. Those six focus areas are:
Medicare Oral Health Coverage for Your State Would Improve Health, Reduce Health Care Costs: Factsheets for all 50 states and DC
These factsheets highlight how seniors and people disabilities in each state would be better able to achieve oral health, overall health, and reduced health care costs and the cost benefits of including oral health coverage in Medicare. Like a key to open a locked door, adding oral health coverage to Medicare would help nearly 60 million seniors and people with disabilities in this country achieve oral health.
Trump Administration Proposal Redefines Poverty to Raise Health Care Costs for Middle-Class Families
For the second time in less than a month, the Trump administration has proposed obscure bureaucratic formula changes that will raise health care costs for 8.2 million people who buy private insurance using federal premium tax credits (PTCs). The latest move changes the definition of inflation that affects the federal poverty level (FPL), which is used to determine eligibility for many need-based programs.
Drug companies consistently set high prices, which forces families to make impossible choices between their health care and other basic needs. Drug companies set exorbitant prices by design to maximize their profits, while making misleading claims that high prices simply fund innovative new drugs. Despite this gaming, our political system makes it easy for drug companies to continue exploitative pricing. This piece explains how our current drug pricing system leads to unaffordable prescription drugs, and ultimately harms people’s health.
Early experiences matter. They shape a child’s developmental trajectory and lifelong health and wellbeing. All too often children are exposed to adverse experiences such as abuse, living with a parent who suffers from mental illness or struggling with substance abuse, violence-in-their-home-or-community, or other challenging events.
Kansas lawmakers are currently considering legislation that could expand Medicaid to 150,000 nonelderly, low-income Kansans. As lawmakers debate Medicaid expansion in the state’s legislature, Families USA has published a fact sheet on the impact of Medicaid Expansion on Kansas’s state budget. Click here to view the fact sheet.
Oral health is an important factor to overall health and influences physical and mental well-being. People with mental health conditions and substance use disorders face a number of challenges that make them especially vulnerable to sub-par oral health. This factsheet provides an overview of how oral health and mental health interact, and provides solutions to improving oral care and access to this population.