Medicare

Why Dentists Oppose Democrats’ Plan to Add Dental Coverage to Medicare

By |2021-09-28T22:45:47-04:00September 28th, 2021|ada, Medicare, seniors|

On the surface, you’d expect dentists to be fond of the Democratic proposal to expand Medicare to include dental (along with vision and hearing) coverage. It’s one of the things progressives are battling to include in the fiscal year 2022 budget reconciliation bill, a.k.a. the Build Back Better package, assuming Democratic centrists don’t shrink the

Opinion: Eyes, ears, teeth: Big changes coming — maybe — to Medicare

By |2021-09-02T08:26:29-04:00September 2nd, 2021|medicaid, Medicare, News|

One of the biggest changes ever proposed to Medicare is working its way through Congress, and if it passes, and is signed into law by President Biden, it would put a smile on the face of tens of millions of beneficiaries—literally. The change would add dental benefits to Medicare for the first time since the

New FAQ addresses questions about Medicare dental benefit proposals

By |2021-09-03T09:42:31-04:00September 1st, 2021|ada, Medicare, News|

“The ADA has a duty to respond when Congress intends to act on adding a dental benefit to Medicare.” This was one of the key messages in a new FAQ the ADA created in order to explain the ADA’s response to a legislative proposal currently being considered by Congress that would expand the nation’s Medicare

ADA advocates for Medicare dental benefits to focus on low-income seniors amid federal budget discussions

By |2021-08-16T08:45:37-04:00August 16th, 2021|ada, medicaid, Medicare, News, seniors|

As Congress considers expanding Medicare to include dental benefits as part of the fiscal year 2022 federal budget, the American Dental Association is advocating for a distinct program that would provide comprehensive dental care to low-income older adults. Dr. Klemmedson "We hope that an innovative approach that is adequately funded and efficiently administered and utilizes

Dental Care & Coverage After 65: Experiences & Perspectives

By |2020-03-25T13:05:23-04:00March 25th, 2020|insurance, Medicare, News|

The National Poll on Healthy Aging team acknowledges the unprecedented challenges related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, especially for older adults and their families. Although our work has shifted to a remote format, the NPHA team remains committed to continuing to share poll results to help inform and improve the overall health and well-being of

Medicare doesn’t cover dental care. For many Florida seniors, that’s a problem

By |2020-01-13T08:40:07-05:00January 12th, 2020|Medicare, News, seniors|

Sonia Domínguez, 74, and her husband, Miguel Morejón, 81, can’t recall the last time they’ve seen a dentist in Miami, the city they’ve called home for more than two decades. “It may have been around three, four years ago,” said Domínguez. “Probably more.” At issue isn’t a lack of dental problems, but a lack of

Medicare dental legislation: A popular and wise investment

By |2019-12-26T17:01:30-05:00December 25th, 2019|Medicare, News, seniors|

Amidst all of the political noise in recent weeks, the House of Representatives passed a policy that could transform health care for tens of millions of Americans. It may even be something that will please everyone. The provision is based on an idea that is wildly popular with voters of all political stripes and backgrounds:

Movement Grows to Add Dental Coverage to Medicare

By |2019-12-20T13:41:16-05:00December 20th, 2019|insurance, Medicare, News, seniors|

Medicare does not offer much in the way of dental benefits. To get dental coverage, you need to purchase separate and often costly dental insurance or sign up for a Medicare Advantage plan that includes dental care. Advocates for Medicare beneficiaries are arguing for a change. Common dental procedures or supplies, such as cleanings, fillings,