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Oral Health

Ensuring Every Older Adult Can Visit a Dentist

The dental health needs of low-income older adults have been neglected, yet, oral health is a critical aspect of overall health for older adults. Untreated dental decay and tooth loss can not only lead to pain and difficulty eating, but also the worsening of chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension.

Our advocacy aims to improve oral health for older adults through educating local advocates and service providers on how they can help the older adults they serve access oral health care. We also strongly advocate for policy changes to improve oral health care for the nation’s low-income older adults.

Issue Brief: Medicaid Waivers: A Vehicle to Improve Access to Oral Health and Address Disparities for Older Adults and People with Disabilities, May 30, 2024

Webinar: Improving Access to Oral Health Through Medicaid HCBS Waivers, May 16, 2024

Statement: Justice in Aging’s Statement on the Record on the Senate HELP Committee Hearing on Dental Affordability, May 16, 2024

Statement: Consortium for Medically Necessary Oral Health Coverage, Statement on Proposed Medicare Payment Clarification for Medically Necessary Oral and Dental Health Therapies, July 24, 2023

Comment: Justice in Aging Statement on the Record for the Senate Hearing on Oral Health Disparities, April 12, 2023

Statement:¬†Congress Should Seize this Historic Opportunity to Add Dental Coverage to Medicare ‚Äď But Vouchers are Not the Answer, October 2021

Fact Sheet: Adding Dental to Medicare Part B: 31 Million Low-Income Enrollees Would Gain Access to Medicare Coverage, September 2021

Fact Sheet: Adding a Dental Beneft to Medicare Part B: What About Medicare Advantage or Medigap Plans?, June 2, 2021

Letter: Next Package Should Include Medicare Oral Health Coverage: Response To American Families Plan From The Medicare Oral Health Coalition, May 2021

Letter: Joint Letter in Support of the Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2021, February 2021

Issue Brief: Adding a Dental Benefit to Medicare: Addressing Oral Health Inequity Based on Disability, October 2020

FAQ: Adding a Dental Benefit to Medicare Part B, November, 2019 

Issue Brief: Adding a Dental Benefit to Medicare: Reducing Racial Disparities, October, 2019

Public Comment: Justice in Aging Comments on the Surgeon General’s 2020 Report on Oral Health, January, 2019

Statutory Analysis: Creating an Oral Health Benefit in Medicare, January, 2019

Webinar: Oral Health and Nursing Facility Residents, October, 2018

Slides: Oral Health and Nursing Facility Residents , October, 2018 

Letter: Justice in Aging Letter to Little Hoover Commission, February, 2018

October 2018: Oral Health America Medicare Dental Advocacy Toolkit

July 2018: An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part B: It’s Time to Include
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