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Policy 20204 was selected, A Call for Adult Dental Benefits in Medicaid and Medicare. Oral health is an integral part of overall health. Both elderly and low-income adult populations need preventive and restorative oral health services and therefore require oral health care coverage and access to those services. Such coverage should be made available by including or expanding dental benefits in state and federal health insurance/assistance programs for all Medicare- and Medicaid-eligible adults. Providing adult dental benefits for Medicaid and Medicare recipients could help improve access to dental care among low-income and elderly adults. Providing affordable dental care may improve the quality of life among adults and may be a good societal investment (apha.org, 2020).
Congress can designate dental services as a mandatory benefit category for all Medicaid-enrolled adults. This statutory policy change would ensure that all states offer comprehensive oral health coverage, eliminating the extreme variation across states. Congress could also consider policy aimed at establishing a baseline of comprehensiveness for adult dental services in Medicaid. Policymakers can amend the current statutory definition of Medicaid dental services to address the full range of oral health conditions, specifying categories of services as necessary. Another important federal policy consideration is bolstering state budgets as states implement oral health coverage. Adequate funding of state Medicaid programs is necessary for the successful implementation of a new benefit (Vujicic et al., 2021).
apha.org. (2020, October 24). A call for adult dental benefits in Medicaid and Medicare. AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION. Retrieved October 9, 2021, from https://www.apha.org/Policies-and-Advocacy/Public-Health-Policy-Statements/Policy-Database/2021/01/12/A-Call-for-Adult-Dental-Benefits-in-Medicaid-and-Medicare.
Vujicic, M., Foose, C., Reusch, C., & Burroughs, M. (2021, July). The per-patient cost of dental care 2013 -a look … – ada. Health Policy Institute. Retrieved October 9, 2021, from https://www.ada.org/~/media/ADA/Science%20and%20Research/HPI/Files/HPIBrief_0316_4.pdf.
Respond to the bold paragraph ABOVE by using one of the option below… in APA format with At least two references and a minimum of 200 words….. .(The List of References should not be older than 2016 and should not be included in the word count.) Include at least one scholarly reference and appropriate in-text citations and Address all points on the DQ. One point will be deducted for not addressing each item mentioned above. Remember that presenting someone else’s work as your own is plagiarism.