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Article Make Medicare Better

Make Medicare Better

Today, the Medicare program doesn’t provide oral and dental coverage to most Medicare beneficiaries – even when it is needed to treat Medicare-covered diseases. This problem exposes Medicare beneficiaries to […]

Article Addressing Caries Through the Lens of Social Justice, Health Equity, Human Rights

Addressing Caries Through the Lens of Social Justice, Health Equity, Human Rights

The forum in Los Angeles identified not only the significance of collaboration between dentists and physicians in preventing caries, but also the important role community oral health workers could play […]

Article Kaiser Family Foundation Issues Brief on Policy Options for Improving Dental Coverage for People on Medicare

Kaiser Family Foundation Issues Brief on Policy Options for Improving Dental Coverage for People on Medicare

The brief describes five potential ways to strengthen oral healthcare for older adults, with a focus on creating a new dental benefit under Medicare.

Article Common Dreams – Urging Congress to Support Medicare for All, Groups Declare Universal Healthcare “A Racial Justice Necessity”

Common Dreams – Urging Congress to Support Medicare for All, Groups Declare Universal Healthcare “A Racial Justice Necessity”

“Communities of color need a healthcare system that rectifies these long-standing structural biases and challenges. Medicare for All is that system” by Jessica Corbett .

Article American Bar Association Votes to Support Medicare Dental

American Bar Association Votes to Support Medicare Dental

During its 2019 Annual Meeting in San Francisco, the American Bar Association (ABA)’s House of Delegates overwhelmingly passed a resolution urging Congress to support legislation that would repeal the statutory […]

Article Presentations from SFG 2019 Salon Now Available

Presentations from SFG 2019 Salon Now Available

See press coverage, view speaker’ pictures, read bios and find presentations from Comprehensive Health Without Oral Health: The Medicare Paradox, our 2019 Salon.

Article CDHP Spearheads Letter Urging Congress to Include Oral Health in any Medicare for All Policy

CDHP Spearheads Letter Urging Congress to Include Oral Health in any Medicare for All Policy

Led by the Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) and signed by nearly 100 national and state groups, the letter to Congress outlines principles to make oral healthcare coverage part of […]

Article AARP Survey Results on Oral Health in Older Americans

AARP Survey Results on Oral Health in Older Americans

The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) released the results of a survey investigating the challenges of oral healthcare in the elderly population. Despite results reporting 93% of respondents ages […]

Article Medicare for All Should Guarantee Coverage for Oral Health

Medicare for All Should Guarantee Coverage for Oral Health

With multiple “Medicare for All” proposals now in circulation in Congress, coverage for oral health care and dental care should be an integral part of these discussions.

Article Medical Educators are Working to Put the Mouth Back in Medicine

Medical Educators are Working to Put the Mouth Back in Medicine

Untreated oral health issues can wreak havoc on health and well-being, yet medical schools have historically taught little about them. Now, some leaders are determined to change that. Oral health […]

Article Health Economist Says Reform of Dental Care Delivery System Is Vital

Health Economist Says Reform of Dental Care Delivery System Is Vital

In 1926, the work of William Gies helped chart a new course for dentistry. I think we are approaching another “Gies” moment in which the dental community must face some hard […]

Article Why We Need to Close Gaps in Dental Coverage

Why We Need to Close Gaps in Dental Coverage

“I’m 61 years old and a San Francisco homeowner with an academic position at the University of California-Berkeley, which provides me with comprehensive health insurance. Yet, to afford the more […]

Article Compendium October Issue Is Live! With Michael C. Alfano Santa Fe Group President, Addressing Dentistry and the Aging Patient

Compendium October Issue Is Live! With Michael C. Alfano Santa Fe Group President, Addressing Dentistry and the Aging Patient

With the number of senior citizens in America quickly escalating, what are the oral health needs of this burgeoning population group? In this special issue, Compendium explores the biological changes […]

Article As I See It: Closing MassHealth Gap in Oral Health Coverage

As I See It: Closing MassHealth Gap in Oral Health Coverage

“First as a representative and later as the senator for the First Worcester District, one of my priorities has always been to make sure that people have access to the […]

Article AJPH Article: Dental Homes for Older Americans: The Santa Fe Group Call for Removal of the Dental Exclusion in Medicare

AJPH Article: Dental Homes for Older Americans: The Santa Fe Group Call for Removal of the Dental Exclusion in Medicare

Older Americans need dental homes to receive appropriate dental care and maintain health. Removal of the dental exclusion in Medicare would pave the way for inclusion of dental care in […]

Article A National Imperative: Oral Health Services In Medicare

A National Imperative: Oral Health Services In Medicare

Dental benefits are not included in Medicare despite the reality that more Americans are living well beyond their 65th birthdays. In the United States, 10,000 people turn 65 every day, which […]

Article Santa Fe Group Salon Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors

Santa Fe Group Salon Expanding Oral Healthcare for America’s Seniors

A meeting to explore ways to expand access to oral health care for seniors—possibly by expanding a dental benefit in Medicare—was convened in Arlington, VA, by the Santa Fe Group.