Health Care Reform and Oral Health

I’m passing along this summary from the American Dental Education Association of the impact on oral health care of the health care reform legislation.

The ADEA has put together a list of features most relevant to dentistry included in the new legislation passed yesterday.  The health care reform legislation will:

  • Require insurance plans to include pediatric oral health services for children up to 21 years of age
  • Require essential health benefits package to include pediatric services, including oral and vision care
  • Establish an oral health prevention program and fund states to develop oral health leadership
  • Enhance oral health data systems
  • Improve the delivery of oral health
  • Implement dental sealants, water fluoridation and preventive programs
  • Establish a five-year national, public education campaign focused on oral health care prevention and education and targeted to certain populations, including children, the elderly, and pregnant women
  • Award demonstration grants in consultation with professional oral health organizations to eligible entities to demonstrate the effectiveness of research-based dental caries disease management activities
  • Authorize the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC) to review payments for dental services in Medicaid and CHIP
  • Establish a process for updating payments to dental health professionals
  • Reaffirm that dentists will be members of the Commission
  • Establish a separate dental section and funding line of $30 million for training in general, pediatric, and public health dentistry
  • Increase eligibility for new grant programs in the Title VII Health Professions Programs to train dental and allied dental health professionals
  • Make dental schools eligible for federal grants for pre-doctoral training, faculty development, dental faculty loan repayment, and academic administrative units, grants currently available only to medical schools
  • Modify current law to allow hospitals to count dental and medical resident time spent in didactic (scholarly) activities toward Indirect Medical Education (IME)  costs in hospital settings and toward Direct Graduate Medical Education (D-GME) in non-hospital settings (dental school clinics)
  • Extend the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and increase funding for its scholarship and loan repayment program by $2.7 billion over five years
  • Reauthorize the Indian Health Service (HIS) and allow for the election by Indian tribes and tribal organizations in a State to employ dental health aide therapists when authorized under State law
  • Authorize grants to establish training programs for alternative dental health care providers to increase access to dental health care services in rural, tribal, and underserved communities
  • Exempt dental coverage from the premium amounts subject to excise tax on high cost insurance plans

March 25, 2010 · KJacobson · 4 Comments
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