seniors

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

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

Is It Worth It for Seniors to Buy Dental Insurance?

By |2021-03-04T16:41:18-05:00March 4th, 2021|insurance, News, seniors|

Seniors are often faced with a difficult choice when it comes to their dental health. Original Medicare doesn't offer any coverage for routine dental care, and without employer subsidies, private dental insurance for seniors can be more pricey than expected. Here's how to figure out how to get the best value for your dental insurance

Half of adults over 65 lack dental insurance, study finds

By |2021-02-28T17:06:36-05:00February 26th, 2021|seniors|

A December 2019 poll conducted by the University of Michigan revealed that around 50% of adults aged 65 to 80 go without dental insurance. The same poll, titled the University of Michigan National Poll on Health Aging, also found that cost is a main factor in choosing whether or not to opt-in to dental insurance

What’s Better: A Dental Implant or a Bridge?

By |2021-01-23T21:36:03-05:00January 22nd, 2021|News, seniors|

Tooth loss is extremely common. It’s estimated that 69 percentTrusted Source of adults 35 to 44 have lost at least one adult tooth. By age 74, about a quarter of Americans lose all of their adult teeth. When you lose a tooth, it’s essential to get a proper replacement to keep the rest of your

Preserve dental benefits for our most vulnerable citizens

By |2020-08-04T13:44:34-04:00August 3rd, 2020|insurance, seniors|

COVID-19 has wreaked havoc on our state’s budget. Once again, dental care for poor adults is on the chopping block. Eliminating dental benefits for adults using Medicaid will not solve our budget problems — and will lead to more unnecessary suffering. Good oral health is essential to our health and well-being. It helps us to

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,

Membership plans—A coverage solution for your retiring baby boomer patients

By |2019-12-08T09:35:50-05:00December 3rd, 2019|insurance, News, seniors|

Your baby boomer patients are probably your best patients. Chances are they have been with you for many years and have been loyal and compliant. But here’s a startling fact: 10,000 boomers retire each day, and with that transition, most lose their company-sponsored benefits, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. Retiring boomers are searching for