Dentistry Faces Health Care Reform Questions

US health care reform, the ADA, and dentistryWith health care reform on the table, what’s the status of oral health care? Is dental care anywhere in those thousands of pages?

The quick answer is: it seems likely the plan would include dental care for children up to age 21. Adults would be able to buy dental coverage under the public plan.

And how does your dental association feel about all of this?

ADA president John Findley said that, under the current plan, dentists “would be required to offer dental coverage to children, but that requirement needs much clarification for us to decide whether to support it.”

The whole concept of a public plan remains troubling, and we would oppose any plan that required dentists to participate, directly or indirectly dictated fees for the private market or would lead to a government-run system. And none of the bills enhances Medicaid reimbursement, which translates as no significant access improvements for the poor and other vulnerable populations.”

In describing the ADA’s stance on health care reform, Dr. Findley said the association advocates for “improving the Medicaid safety net, strengthening the public health infrastructure and funding more community-based prevention efforts.”

This stance sounds like it was written by a politician. However, the following statement appears unequivocal…

The ADA does not support a single-payer system because we believe it would stifle access and innovation and reduce the quality of patient care,” he continued.

The ADA has been lobbying all year to make sure dentists are not overlooked. “The ADA is adamant that improving access to dental care for those most in need be the focus of any oral health component in a health care reform proposal,” one of their letters read.

Take a look at the ADA’s health care reform e-gram

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