Tag Archives: Dental Care

Bridging The Dental Divide: Overcoming Barriers To Integrating Oral Health And Primary Care

American systems of oral and systemic health---training, licensure, service delivery, and insurance---continue to operate in parallel. A growing evidence base points to the cost and quality shortfalls associated with having separate systems treat the same person.

January 19, 2017

Obamacare, Trumpcare, And Your Mouth

Though the ACA reinforced the status quo approach of maintaining separate medical and dental care financing and delivery systems, there have been some interesting lessons worth highlighting.

January 13, 2017

Health Affairs Issue: Oral Health And More

The December issue of Health Affairs explores the state of oral health, including financial barriers to dental care and water fluoridation.

December 5, 2016

Most States Lag On Delivering Valuable, Preventive Dental Care To Low-Income Children

As our health system moves to pay for value, highly-effective but low-cost preventive medicine becomes increasingly vital. Dental sealants provide a low-cost intervention to prevent tooth decay, a health condition with serious consequences.

July 27, 2015

A Check-Up On Dental Coverage And The ACA

Oral health is an important but often overlooked part of health and insurance coverage. State Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) are required to cover children’s dental services (and children’s access to care has been improving over the last ten years), but coverage for...

March 24, 2015

What Is Behind The Post-Recession Bend In The Health Care Cost Curve?

It has been a while since I last had the opportunity to analyze the slowdown in health spending and the extent to which it represents a lasting bend in the cost curve, as opposed to lingering effects of the “Great Recession or other temporary changes.” (See Note 1) Distinguishing Health Care...

March 23, 2015

New Narrative Matters: How Access, Knowledge, And Attitudes Shaped My Sister’s Care

Health Affairs‘ February Narrative Matters essay features a woman who helps her sister get the care she needs when a tooth infection turns into a health emergency. Elizabeth Piatt's article is freely available to all readers, or you can listen to the podcast.

February 6, 2015

Reconnecting Mouth And Body: ACA Fails To Meet Dental Care Needs But States Can Pick Up Slack

Editor's note: Watch for research in the upcoming September issue of Health Affairs by these authors, Marko Vujicic and Kamyar Nasseh, on dental care utilization among poor adults after health reform in Massachusetts. As the Surgeon General and the Institute of Medicine have clearly stated,...

August 26, 2013