Repealing the ACA, ObamaCare, will kill dental coverage for kids up to 10. No one ever talks about that:
Moving dental health into primary care: Medicaid coverage of adult dental services varies by state, although the Affordable Care Act increased access to dental insurance in part by expanding Medicaid. For children, the ACA mandated that health plans cover oral health risk assessments for kids up to 10 years old for free.
Oral health and medical health are inseparable. The U.S. healthcare system treats them otherwise.
The U.S. surgeon general published a report in 2000 describing the lack of access to dental care as a “silent epidemic” … called for “an effective health infrastructure that integrates oral health effectively into overall health.” Poor oral health has been linked to heart disease and diabetes.
About 30% of low-income adults report that the condition of their mouth and teeth affects their ability to interview for a job, research by the American Dental Association's Health Policy Institute has found, and 42% report difficulties biting and chewing. Untreated dental problems can be deadly … 12-year-old Deamonte Driver died from the complications of a toothache after bacteria from the abscess spread to his brain … could have been treated or prevented.
A former liberal radio talk host who likes to ask the “follow-up question” at Democurmudgeon.blogspot.com