As policies to improve dental care benefits for seniors are currently being evaluated by Congress, the Santa Fe Group has provided an updated plan for Medicare Part B expansion and an Expanded Dental Benefit. In this addendum, cost estimates for these plans are detailed.
Approximately half of all Medicare beneficiaries having no dental care coverage at all while evidence continues to prove a strong link between oral disease and serious – even life-threatening – comorbidities.
A recently published study demonstrates the association of preventive dental care with reduced emergency department and inpatient admissions and costs.
Justice In Aging‘s new issue brief, Adding a Dental Benefit to Medicare: Addressing Oral Health Inequity Based on Disability , spotlights how adding a dental benefit to Medicare would reduce […]
HHS Extends Application Deadline for Medicaid Providers and Plans to Reopen Portal to Certain Medicare Providers
HHS announcing an application deadline extension, until August 28, for the Medicaid/CHIP and dentist distributions from the Fund. Additionally, starting the week of August 10, HHS will give providers who […]
In May, Rep. Barragán introduced the Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019, H.R. 2951, a bill that would repeal the exclusion of dental care on Medicare Part B coverage and provides necessary oral […]
Advocates for an adult dental benefit in Medicare met last week in Arlington, VA, to hear the latest evidence supporting this policy goal and explore opportunities to further its adoption. […]
Could dental care keep you out of the hospital? Reduce your overall health care costs? Increase your life longevity? The Santa Fe Group Salon on Comprehensive Health Without Oral Health: […]
The Santa Fe Group, an action-oriented think tank with a passion to improve oral health for the public, today announced its 2019 Salon “Comprehensive Health Without Oral Health: The Medicare […]
U.S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a member of the Senate Finance Health Care Subcommittee, has introduced legislation (S.22) that creates a dental benefit under Medicare Part B. Currently, Medicare does not […]
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Carolyn Thompson’s tight-lipped smile hides a health care problem the 81-year-old retired nurse can’t afford to correct and Medicare won’t pay for. She needs dentures. Her missing […]