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Working on adult dental coverage dental insurance no waiting period we’re also working on coalition building as well making sure we have a real strong base of folks that are willing to speak up on these issues and prioritize them in their agendas so we really have been encouraged by .
The amount of support that we’ve gotten from a lot of you so far and we hope that many more of you .
will join us down the road as I’ve sort of alluded to with.
The Medicaid adult dental work there is a lot of activity happening at both the state and local level to raise a profile of these issues and we have been offering some technical assistance and
We’ve also been facilitating a group called the Medicaid adult dental benefit learning collaborative that we encourage you all to join us this is an issue you’re working on we’re advocates can learn from each other on how to best move
These issues forward we are raising policymaker awareness both here in DC and out in the States and we’ve been working with a number of you to do that together and we will continue to provide tools to make that as easy as possible and then finally we’ve been doing a lot of work around story collection and storytelling our storytelling work
We have a new story collection website called oral health for elorg which can be shared at events and clinics and waiting rooms at charity care events that will serve as a place for folks who are experiencing oral health problems
Who are experiencing a lack of coverage who really are facing a lot of these challenges we alluded to in the beginning to
That passed in Kansas this year Dental insurance no waiting period we’re going to hear later from Kathy in Maine who will tell us more details about how they are moving forward with adult dental coverage in their legislative session although it’s not it’s not through .
We’ve also seen states that are looking at adult coverage just for specific population so for example in Utah they passed a bill this year that looks at or adds adult dental coverage for just .
The elderly population which again you know these are all small steps but we are excited to see legislators paying attention to this issue and starting to take.
action and again building momentum around the importance of this issue so to learn a little bit more about what families USA is doing I will give you a high-level overview and they also encourage you to check out a number .
these resources that I’m going to mention and work you know hoping that you all will join us in this effort in a number of ways but you know in broad strokes what we’re doing is we are pulling stakeholders together including our Health.
Action Network as well as national partners and the oral health progress and equity network to inform the policy conversations we’re having and inform a lot of the feedback we’re giving to members of Congress on some of these
bills and on what our priorities are around oral in Medicare and also you know to be able to provide technical assistance to various folks in states.
dental insurance no waiting period and Senate around the need for oral health coverage and Medicare so there are several of these bills now that will introduce oral health coverage along with vision and hearing care into the Medicare program there are several these bills.
That would just specifically focus on dental coverage and then there is one bill that would look both at adding these services to Medicare as well as increasing reimbursement to the state for providing dental vision and hearing benefits in .
Medicaid for adults and these are all good starts and good ways to start talking about this issue and making sure we raise the profile of this issue but in the current political climate you know it’s not likely that these bills are going to move anytime soon so it you know .
We urge all of you to keep talking about this issue and making sure that people are paying attention and comes we can really lift up some of these ideas and how important they are to improving people’s health and people’s lives in terms of Medicaid in .
The current landscape around adult dental we see a wide variation in what adult dental coverage looks like across the country and also within a state what it looks like for various adult populations as we mentioned and as you can see here luckily there are.
A number of states that are working on this it’s been a constant fight for many oral health advocates in many of these states for years and years but this year we have seen some progress in a number of states whether it’s something .
As small as in reimbursement rates for what coverage does exist that is you know a piece on an incremental step along the way and we’ve seen something like