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.
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
Webinar: Dental Coverage for Low-Income Older Adults, February, 2018
Advocate Guide: Oral Health for Older Adults in California, June, 2018
Issue Brief: Oral Health in California: What about Older Adults? July, 2016
Webinar:Oral Health in California: What about Older Adults? July 2016
October 2018: Oral Health America Medicare Dental Advocacy Toolkit
July 2018: An Oral Health Benefit in Medicare Part B: It’s Time to Include
Oral Health in Health Care (Oral Health America)