As a child, going to the dentist is almost a rite of passage—like your first haircut or your first day of school. But for many American children, visiting the dentist is a childhood tradition they don’t have the luxury of experiencing. And what these children are missing out on isn’t as simple as getting a toothbrush emblazoned with their dentist’s name or having a fun story to tell their friends—they are missing out on important health care. The lack of dental care for our nation’s children is a health care crisis that has for too long been woefully ignored.
Buried deep in the fiscal cliff deal passed last week was a big win for low-income kids. With the change of one number, Congress made it easier for tens of thousands of kids to get and keep health coverage.
How did they do it? They extended for another year the option for states to use Express Lane Eligibility to enroll kids in coverage.
This is the seventh in Budget Diagnosis, a series on the coming major decisions in Congress that could affect your health care. This series explains, simply, what advocates need to know, features special guests writing about different groups and populations that will be especially vulnerable, and provides you with updates from D.C. This post is a guest blog by Joan Alker from Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Check out our first six posts here.
This series of fact sheets explains why cutting health care programs like Medicaid and Medicare in an effort to reduce spending will hurt American families and the economy.
Since the Democrats kicked off their party convention, everyone has been talking about health care. From the House Democratic Women’s Caucus promoting the protections that Affordable Care Act has afforded women, to Michelle Obama praising President Obama for his commitment to making sure everyone in America has access to affordable, quality health care—it’s clear Democrats are dedicated to protecting our health care rights.
As the Supreme Court decision loomed, newspapers published testimonials and letters from the countless people who can directly attest to the importance of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Yesterday, we saw a huge victory for these patients, consumers, and family members who otherwise would have faced some sleepless nights. Reviewing these stories sheds light on the true meaning of the Supreme Court decision upholding the critical benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
By, Gene Lewit and Lian Wong, The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Posted May 15, 2012
Discusses how limited access to dental care in the United States has an effect on overall health, productivity, and financial security.
On February 25, 2007, seventh grader Deamonte Driver died from what many would have considered a simple toothache. Deamonte died because an abscess in his tooth was not treated, and the infection spread to his brain. This tragedy sparked the media's attention and national outrage at the state of our oral health care. As a homeless child whose Medicaid coverage had lapsed, he was especially vulnerable. If he had had basic dental coverage, and his infected tooth had been removed, he could have been saved.
Amid the many tragic stories of Americans struggling with health care costs, one Alabama family's situation exemplifies the undeniable need for health reform. The Richmond family has a 13-year-old daughter who is battling leukemia at USA Children's & Women's Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. Because the family is uninsured, they struggle to pay the escalating medical expenses.