**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: http://bit.ly/2018VAMedicaid.
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: http://ow.ly/FM5l30iG7iV.
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. http://ow.ly/nRmv30iFYHZ
Several clinics and programs in Hampton Roads are providing #dental care to those in need: http://ow.ly/gT3J30iCzYJ 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.
How #Dental Inequality Hurts Americans: Lack of dental care through #Medicaid not only harms people’s health, but has negative economic implications as well. http://ow.ly/imVs30iuNcU via The New York Times
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 http://ow.ly/iTqv30ihVvS
VA Association of Free & Charitable Clinics is hosting several workshops for clinic staff, volunteers, and board members - view upcoming dates, locations, and topics: http://ow.ly/d/7hf2 VA Assn Free Clinics
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: http://bit.ly/2018VAMedicaid.
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 http://ow.ly/yW3630i1a2k #MedicaidDental #VAGA
Tooth brushing each day keeps pneumonia at bay for some nursing home residents: http://ow.ly/7sWp30hROn9 The Roanoke Times
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!