Question: How does the health care reform bill benefit Americans? — R.I. in West Palm Beach
Answer: Welcome to another column in my long-standing series: “Don’t shoot your dentist.” Often in our line of work, we bring bad news to those that walk through our doors. This week’s discussion is not exactly “bad news,” but I am sure it will leave many a reader disappointed.
The bill aims to provide dental care of nearly every child from a needy family. If it survives court challenges, it will also provide funding to educate more dental professionals, expand care in community health clinics and conduct more research, preventive programs and public education about oral health.
As far as adult care, one amendment includes exempting dental insurance from a new tax on high-cost health plans. On the down side, there is no dental benefit included in the expansion of Medicaid.
(My advice: See your hygienist every three to four months for preventive care and to catch problems early, before they become expensive.)
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By Dr. Mitchell Josephs