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Congress Should Act Quickly to Protect Oral Health Coverage for People Hit Hardest by COVID-19

By Melissa Burroughs, Jen Taylor, Finn Dobkin,


Every family in America should be able to afford the care we all need to stay healthy, eat, work, and live pain free. Oral health care is essential for overall health and wellness, including combatting COVID-19. It is also key to employment opportunities, economic stability, and social connectedness. But if Congress does not act, millions of people who rely on Medicaid for health insurance could have their oral health coverage ripped away as states cut their budgets — right when families need it most. This factsheet explains how thousands of adults are at risk of losing Medicaid oral health coverage, and the specific impact cuts would have in each state.