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