seniors

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

Poor Oral Health Linked to Cognitive Decline, Perceived Stress, Rutgers Studies Find

By |2019-09-05T16:06:57-04:00September 4th, 2019|insurance, News, seniors|

Oral health is an essential part of psychological well-being and overall health in older adults. Poor oral health is associated with decreased quality of life, depression, hypertension, and cognitive decline. Two Rutgers studies, co-authored by Darina Petrovsky, Bei Wu, and Weiyu Mao, and published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, explored the relationship

Dental visits start declining as people get older — and there’s a painful price to pay

By |2019-07-26T09:10:51-04:00July 25th, 2019|seniors|

U.S. adults are less likely to visit the dentist around age 80, according to new research. And that trend that could have far-reaching health and economic consequences. The study, published in the journal Research on Aging, analyzed the use of dental services among adults aged 50 and older using five waves of the University of

For Most Seniors, Oral Health Goes Uncovered: Without insurance, dental care can take a bite out of fixed incomes

By |2019-07-10T13:46:03-04:00July 10th, 2019|seniors|

If you’re over sixty-five, chances are better than two-to-one you don’t have dental insurance. According to a report [PDF] released in May by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 29.2 percent of American seniors had dental insurance as of 2017. And, according to the CDC, those who are over seventy-five, black, Hispanic, or

CDC: Dental Care Often Overlooked for Older Americans

By |2019-05-30T22:34:38-04:00May 30th, 2019|seniors|

A NEW ANALYSIS SHOWS there's a major gap in health care for older Americans: dental care. Overall in the U.S., about 29% of adults 65 and older had dental insurance in 2017, and about 66% had seen a dentist in the last year, according to survey data published Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control

For adults on Medicaid, getting dental care is an uphill battle

By |2019-05-29T13:12:45-04:00May 29th, 2019|medicaid, seniors|

Last fall, Summer Mills awoke in the middle of the night in excruciating pain. Her upper canine tooth was throbbing, and eventually, she couldn’t take the pain anymore. “Four o’clock in the morning, I had to wake the entire house up so that I could go to the ER,” Mills said. “I had to drag