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Infographics: Oral Health Care Is Too Expensive Without Medicare Coverage

09.21.2021

Dental care is the number one medical service people across the US skip due to the very real costs of care. Basic oral health care can cost three to four times Medicare enrollee’s monthly income, and even preventive care can be too expensive and out of reach. Our health shouldn’t depend on our wealth. It is time for Medicare Part B to cover comprehensive dental care that makes oral health affordable for all older adults and people with disabilities.

Use the graphics and suggested social media posts below to explain just how expensive oral health care currently is, and what a difference Medicare coverage would make.

SOCIAL MEDIA GRAPHICS

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SOCIAL MEDIA SUGGESTED POSTS:

National tweets

  • #DentalCare is the number one medical service people across the US skip due to the very real costs of care. This is unacceptable. Our health shouldn’t depend on our wealth. It is time for #MouthsinMedicare
  • #OralHealth care costs are often prohibitive, even for preventive services. Over 30% of older adults have not had a dental visit in over a year, often due to cost. Medicare enrollees need dental, vision, hearing coverage NOW. #MouthsinMedicare [insert graphic]
  • Medicare should mean health care for our whole bodies. But it currently excludes dental care, meaning many people with diabetes have to pay 3-4x their monthly income to stay healthy or not get care at all. That’s unacceptable. #MouthsinMedicare [insert graphic]
  • A broken tooth shouldn’t mean an impossible choice between groceries and dental care. Older adults and people with disabilities paid into Medicare their whole working lives. It should cover their whole bodies. #MouthsinMedicare [insert graphic]