Posts for Dental Access Project

Essential Health Benefits: A little changed, a lot to monitor

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the final rule for Essential Health Benefits, Actuarial Value, and Accreditation. This anticipated rule was largely unchanged from its original form.

Sanders and Cummings Make the Case for a Comprehensive U.S. Dental System

Yesterday, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Maryland) announced they are filing legislation to address a national crisis in dental care. The legislation would expand comprehensive dental coverage to millions of Americans through M

Looking at the Whole Problem, Not Just the Mouth – The Need to Systematically Improve America’s Oral Health

Often overlooked, untreated tooth decay and poor oral health have become an epidemic in the United States. In fact, tooth decay is the most common childhood disease, five times more common than asthma. On March 6th, The New York Times reported that an ala

Confronting Our Dirty Little Secret

After a decade of reports and tragedy a lot of progress must be made to improve our oral health A decade ago, the Surgeon General released a report on oral health that described unmet oral health needs as a “silent epidemic”. Five years ago, a 12 year old

Dental Access More Controversial Than Contraceptive Care?

Late last month as snow enveloped Olympia, Washington, state advocates braved the elements for hearings on two very important yet different issues - improving access to dental care and reproductive rights and contraception coverage. At one point a veteran

PBS NewsHour Explores The Growing Need for Better Access to Dental Care and Dental Therapist Solution

This week, PBS’ NewsHour highlighted that millions of Americans go without dental care and also profiled how alternative dental providers, known as dental therapists, have improved access to care in Alaska and have the potential to do the same in the lowe

New Oral Health Study Reveals The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly Truth When It Comes To Dental Care

Oral health advocates are trained to reinforce that oral health is essential to overall health. The good news is that a poll released today by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (conducted by Lake Research) found that 79 percent of survey respondents say that

Dental Therapists: A community solution to the oral health care crisis

In one of the most memorable scenes in Cast Away, Tom Hanks, who is stranded on a deserted island and has a toothache, gruesomely removes his tooth with a figure skate because he can no longer live with the pain. Even though they are not stranded on a des

Village lessons on the dental access crisis: Alaska’s program a potential model for the lower 48

In late August, I found myself in a small conference room in a sub-regional clinic (SRC) in St. Mary’s, Alaska, a village of 549 Yup’ik residents, listening to Bernadette Charles describe how she is working to meet the village’s oral health needs. Not onl
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