Connecting Mouth to the Body: Integrating Oral Health into ACOs

Poor oral health can lead to other health problems, including cardiovascular disease, and some chronic health conditions, like diabetes, are associated with poor oral health.

New Research Confirms Coverage For Parents Has Rolled Out “Welcome Mat” to Enrollment For Their Kids

New research confirms what we’ve known all along – the Affordable Care Act (ACA) improves the lives of families. According to a recent Health Affairs analysis, over 700,000 children who were eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)...

Congress’s Summer Break Is Over and the Homework List Is Long

It is back-to-work time for members of Congress, as they return to DC and turn their attention to a lengthy to-do list that includes critical items related to the budget and health care.

Low Income Transit Riders in Rhode Island Find Their Voice

Earlier this year, RIPTA raised transit fares to 50 cents for a one-way ride plus 25 cents for a transfer. The fare increase was a disaster for low income elderly and disabled riders.

Handle with Care: Back to School Amidst Charlottesville

For many families across the country, August is the month of “back to school.” For us in the health advocacy world, it is commonly the month that we focus on health care program enrollment.

NAIC Summer Meeting Recap: CSR Deja Vu

How are state regulators responding to the CSR uncertainty?

‘Just Say No’ To Sessions’ Attempt to Revamp the Failed War on Drugs

Attorney General Jeff Sessions is revamping policies to escalate the war on drugs, compromising recent progress made by advocates and policy makers to address addiction as a health issue instead of a moral failing or criminal matter.

Eldercare Voices: Championing Oral Health for Older Adults

Deborah Jacobi, RDH, MA Dr. Sarah Crane is board certified in Internal Medicine and Geriatric Medicine and practices in Rochester, Minnesota. She, along with a mentor, Dr. Linda A. Ward, are also oral health champions.  Dr. Crane shared with me...

What Consumer Advocates Need to Know About the New MACRA Quality Payment Program Rule

It would have been easy to miss it with the frenzied activity around the Senate health care bills these past few weeks, but on June 20, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed regulation laying out...