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Lorraine Leach
· December 14, 2017
They provide a great foundation and support system for us to go out and do the work we do for Oral Health!

**Support an Adult Dental Benefit in Medicaid**
Delegate Mark Sickles (303 #31H) and Senator George Barker (303 #7S) have both introduced budget amendments in their respective chambers that will ensure vulnerable adults in Virginia have access to dental coverage. An adult dental benefit for current Medicaid enrollees will improve health and save money. Learn how you can lend your support:

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Check out our February Update for the latest on VA #Medicaid expansion, the major differences between the House & Senate budgets, and how you can help. Plus timely news, training resources, and upcoming events:

A new article from the ADA Health Policy Institute outlines four ways to improve oral health care delivery: address the dental coverage gap; define and systematically measure oral health; tie reimbursement, partly, to outcomes; and, reform the care delivery model.

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Several clinics and programs in Hampton Roads are providing #dental care to those in need: via WYDaily. VA Oral Health is working at the state level to ensure our policies and coverage options allow more Virginians access to dental care.

A smile is a symbol of happiness, but for Williamsburg residents who don’t have health or dental insurance, there may not be much to smile about. Only about two-thirds of Hampton Roads residents — 69…

How #Dental Inequality Hurts Americans: Lack of dental care through #Medicaid not only harms people’s health, but has negative economic implications as well. via The New York Times

Lack of dental care through Medicaid not only harms people’s health, but has negative economic implications as well.

#DYK: February is both Heart Health Month and National Children's Dental Health Month! Have a happy, mouth-and-heart-healthy #ValentinesDay! #LoveYourTeeth

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Reframing Oral Health: A Communications Toolkit for Advancing Oral Health Reform: DentaQuest FrameWorks Institute #HealthEquity #OralHealthISHealth

DENTAQUEST FOUNDATION: Oral Health Multimedia Toolkit created by the FrameWorks Institute

Dentists Can Play a Key Role in Management of #Diabetes: via Medscape #OralHealthISHealth

Intensive treatment of periodontal disease may improve glycemic control in patients with type 2 diabetes, say Spanish dentists, who note their findings underline the importance of oral health.

IPHI is hosting Community Health Worker core skills trainings in D.C. during February and March, and oral health is part of the curriculum. View dates and contact info at

Support Adult Dental in Medicaid

VA Association of Free & Charitable Clinics is hosting several workshops for clinic staff, volunteers, and board members - view upcoming dates, locations, and topics: VA Assn Free Clinics

Download and share VAFCC 2018 Regional Workshop Series.pdf uploaded by @VAOralHealth (VA Oral Health) and hosted by

26% of older adults making less than $25,000 per year report complete tooth loss, compared to only 5% of their peers making $50,000 per year. A comprehensive dental benefit for adults currently enrolled in Medicaid will help low-income seniors access health-saving dental care.

Learn how you can lend your support:


The Coalition is committed to monitoring state and federal legislation that impacts access to oral health services for Virginians. Below are key issues we are focusing on in 2018.

It's Virtual Lobby Day for Oral Health! Join us as we reach out to legislators to talk about the importance of an adult Medicaid dental benefit. View social media messages, download a postcard and more at #MedicaidDental #VAGA

VCU Dentistry is hosting a Give Kids a Smile event on Feb 2, providing free dental care for kids without dental insurance. An appointment is required. View the flyer for more info: #GKAS

Give Kids a Smile Day programs provide free oral health services to kids. Below is info for one local Richmond program on Feb 2. Contact us to share your #GKAS info!

Tooth brushing each day keeps pneumonia at bay for some nursing home residents: The Roanoke Times

Shannon Munro was being prepped for surgery a few months ago when a Carilion Clinic nurse asked when she'd last brushed her teeth.

More than 100,000 children and pregnant women in Virginia count on FAMIS for affordable medical, dental and mental health coverage. Children are counting on Congress to #SaveCHIP. It's bipartisan, it works, and it must be funded. Thx toTim Kaine Mark Warner for your support!