The 2018 elections provide a chance to bring oral health issues to the forefront of policymaker and public discussions—an important opportunity for an issue that is often forgotten, left behind, or misunderstood. Numerous seats are up for election this year including full U.S. House of Representatives, a third of the U.S. Senate, 36 governorships and many seats in state and local governments.
Six million Californians rely on the Medicare program. Nationally, about two-thirds of Medicare beneficiaries do not have any coverage for oral health care. Medicare currently covers almost no oral health care. This fact sheet describes how seniors are affected by this lack coverage.
Updated for the 2019 plan year, Families USA and the Children’s Dental Health Project published this guide to help families choose a pediatric oral health plan in their state’s marketplace. During open enrollment, choosing an oral health plan can be confusing, especially because dental coverage is often sold separately from a family’s health coverage. This guide explains what sorts of oral health plans you are likely to find and how to choose the one that works best for your family.
Oral health matters for seniors in rural America. In rural areas, nearly one-fifth of residents are 65 and over. This population faces major barriers to good oral health, including cost, lack of dental coverage, and limited access to providers. Without addressing these barriers, rural seniors’ overall health is worse, and our health care system is paying the price. Our new factsheet explains rural seniors’ barriers to oral health and the solutions policymakers can take to address them.
Oral health matters for seniors in rural California. This population faces major barriers to good oral health, including cost, lack of dental coverage, and limited access to providers. Without addressing these barriers, rural seniors' overall health is worse, and our health care system is paying the price. Our new factsheet explains these barriers that California’s rural seniors face and the solutions policy makers can take to address them.
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.
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.