Posts for Dental Access Project

The ACA Has Boosted Oral Health Access, Now Let’s Keep the Progress Going

As we celebrate the 12th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s worth reflecting on the ways in which this landmark law has advanced oral health equity and the ways in which we can build on this progress moving forward.

Communities must be at the center of oral health policy solutions

“Tooth Tuesday” is a series of learning calls with state and community-based advocates to discuss how the oral health care system can be improved by ensuring that people closest to the problems have a voice in developing the solutions.

Dental Care Is a Reproductive Health and Birth Equity Issue

Access to dental care before, during and after pregnancy is a reproductive justice and birth equity issue. Pre-existing tooth and gum problems can be worsened by pregnancy and, in turn, cause pregnancy complications. The CDC reports that 60 to 75...

Larger ACA Premium Subsidies Are Covering Millions More: Here’s How Congress Can Make Them Permanent

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, more than 2 million people have signed up for ACA Coverage or Medicaid. Unfortunately, these changes expire in two years.

Momentum for Dental Coverage Grows with Proposed Medicaid Dental Benefit Act in Congress

Dental coverage is having a moment, both in state governments and at the federal level. This week, Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán (D-CA-44) announced the introduction of a new bill, the Medicaid Dental Benefit Act.

Sens. Warnock, Ossoff & Baldwin Want to Close the Medicaid Gap, Congress Must Act

This week Senator Reverend Raphael Warnock released a legislative proposal with senators Ossoff and Baldwin to close the Medicaid coverage gap in states that have yet to adopt Medicaid expansion.

New Data: Medicaid Adult Dental Coverage is Wise Investment for Economic Recovery, Health

New data shows that extending comprehensive oral health coverage to all adults enrolled in Medicaid could save at least $273 million in overall health care spending.

Advancing Equity in Oral Health Policy

Dental disease can affect physical and mental health and economic wellbeing and, as we see throughout all facets of our society, long-standing policies based on structural racism mean Black and brown communities experience poorer oral health as a result.

Study after Study with the Same Results: Medicaid Expansion Is Good for States

Each week it seems like there is a new study that shows the benefits of expanding Medicaid – for both health and state budgets.
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