Closing The Dental Care Gap In America

It is no secret many Americans struggle with maintaining medical and dental coverage, due to lack of funds. In fact, one-third of Americans are living without dental coverage with this number greatly affecting people from low income communities. For those who do have insurance, such as Medicare, dental coverage only covers children and not adults. This leaves without coverage to forgo dental care, wait for free clinics, or seek care at an urgent care center or the emergency department. However, some states are taking a stand in the lessening the gap in dental care. For example, in Minnesota dental hygienist are being trained to provide dental care for a lower cost. States such as Maine and Vermont are also finding ways to lessen the dental gap by turning to lawmakers. Check out the article!

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Link: https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2017/0615/America-s-dental-care-gap-is-wide.-How-some-states-are-trying-to-close-it

By Julia Watson: http://communitymappingforhealthequity.org/

 

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