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CY 2023 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

Medicare · October 3, 2022 · The Editors

The Consortium for Medically Necessary Oral Health Coverage – a leading consensus-building alliance of more than 240 dental, medical, patient, and consumer organizations – has drafted comments to the Centers […]

SFG Submits Letter to CMS in Support of Medically Necessary Dental Coverage

Medicare · August 24, 2022 · The Editors

The Santa Fe Group drafted a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in response to their request for information/comments on Medicare Parts A and B Payment for medically necessary […]

Public Statement on Medicare Coverage of Medically Necessary Oral and Dental Health Therapies

Medicare · July 11, 2022 · The Editors

Most Medicare beneficiaries are unable to receive oral and dental care even when it is medically necessary for the treatment of Medicare-covered diseases. Historically, Medicare coverage has extended to the […]

Medicare for All – Act of 2022

Medicare · May 19, 2022 · The Editors

Last week, US Senator Bernie Sanders introduced his Medicare for All Act of 2022 in the senate. Fourteen other senators are cosponsoring the bill, which would establish a federally administered […]

2021 Santa Fe Group Updated Plan and Cost Estimates for Medicare Part B Dental Coverage

Medicare · October 6, 2021 · The Editors

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.

Dental Coverage Under Medicare: Seeking Solutions

Medicare · August 4, 2021 · The Editors

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.

First Comprehensive Study on Preventive Dental Care and Medicaid Costs

Medicare · May 17, 2021 · The Editors

A recently published study demonstrates the association of preventive dental care with reduced emergency department and inpatient admissions and costs.

Justice In Aging

Medicare · October 26, 2020 · The Editors

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

Medicare · August 5, 2020 · The Editors

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 […]

Rep. Nanette Barragán (CA) Introduces Bill to Include Dental Benefits in Medicare

Medicare · June 4, 2019 · The Editors

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 […]

Making the Case for Integrating Oral Health in Medicare

Medicare · May 21, 2019 · The Editors

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. […]

Comprehensive Health Without Oral Health: The Medicare Paradox

Medicare · May 9, 2019 · The Editors

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: […]

Santa Fe Group May 2019 Salon Advances #TeethinMedicare Movement

Medicare · April 25, 2019 · The Editors

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 […]

Sen. Cardin (D-MD) Seeks to Add Dental Benefits in Medicare Part B

Medicare · January 9, 2019 · The Editors

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 […]

Designing a New Payment Model for Oral Care in Seniors

Medicare · October 1, 2017 · Judith A. Jones, DDS, MPH, DScD; and Michael Monopoli, DMD, MPH, MS

This article presents why a dental benefit in Medicare might save the US government money, and who would likely benefit.

Dentistry Advocates Aim To Fill Medicare Gaps

Medicare · March 6, 2017 · The Editors

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 […]