DentaQuest Newsroom and Blog (Medicaid)

2019
December
05,
2019
| 02:41 PM America/New_York
For those paying attention to health care legislation, 2019 included continued debate over Affordable Care Act (ACA) Medicaid expansion. Efforts to implement restrictive eligibility policies, such as minimum work requirements, continue. News coverage...
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September
23,
2019
| 03:45 PM America/New_York
Half of patients are concerned about their oral health, making it the top health concern over heart, eye, digestive, mental, and skin health. 3 in 4 Americans face barriers to dental care – chiefly cost and lack of insurance – yet dentists, physic...
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September
23,
2019
| 03:00 PM America/New_York
Our current oral health care system is failing millions of Americans. And it’s my business to understand this. At DentaQuest, we look for problems, work to understand why they exist, and then do our best to develop and implement solutions – that’...
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September
16,
2019
| 03:16 PM America/New_York
As a white woman – well educated, well off, and living in the Boston area – I have only experienced the inequities of our healthcare system once, and it was on behalf of our African-American son. Eleven years ago, our fourth child joined our f...
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September
09,
2019
| 03:19 PM America/New_York
Early in my career, I came to work as General Counsel for a company that would become DentaQuest. Not long after, a state Medicaid director invited me to volunteer at a Missions of Mercy event in Appalachia – a charity event that offered free ...
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September
05,
2019
| 07:23 PM America/New_York
Evidence of the important link between oral health and overall health continues to grow, pointing to positive results related to integrated oral health and primary care visits for pediatric patients. Yet, a new evaluation of Medicaid claims data ...
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August
12,
2019
| 03:56 PM America/New_York
Among Medicaid patients prescribed opioids for acute pain management, more than half were to treat orthopedic and dental-related pain. What’s more, Medicaid patients who sought treatment for acute pain management were more likely to receive an opioid...
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June
25,
2019
| 03:32 PM America/New_York
For too long, the United States has viewed the way we receive and pay for oral care as being completely separate from the way we prevent and treat our overall health needs. Like behavioral health before it, oral health has been neglected and silo...
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May
16,
2019
| 03:07 PM America/New_York
Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and the Senate Special Committee on Aging recently introduced the Medicare and Medicaid Dental, Vision, and Hearing Benefit Act of 2019, S.1423. This represents another milestone in recent efforts to underscore the need for i...
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2018
December
11,
2018
| 05:31 PM America/New_York
DentaQuest, the nation’s leading purpose-driven oral health company, today announced it has entered into a first-of-its-kind agreement in Texas to administer a contract under the state’s Medicaid program using a value-based care and payment model. ...
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September
06,
2018
| 06:06 PM America/New_York
Amanda is a 33-year-old single mom from Big Stone Gap in Wise County, Va. She and her two young children came to the local fairgrounds – usually the site of the Virginia Kentucky District Fair and rodeos, among other events – for help with some d...
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June
27,
2018
| 04:03 PM America/New_York
A new dental care model, pioneered by Advantage Dental, provides high quality oral care to Medicaid recipients at 21 percent less than the national average by focusing on prevention. How does it work and can other states follow?  ...
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2017
August
18,
2017
| 09:22 PM America/New_York
As a partner to states and the largest Medicaid / CHIP dental benefits administrator in the country, we at DentaQuest must stay updated on the latest health care policy trends - in large part because anything in the health space affects the oral heal...
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July
27,
2017
| 10:00 PM America/New_York
As the Senate debates health care bill proposals to transform our care delivery and financing systems, we must ensure they protect access to dental coverage for all Americans.Over the past few years, more and more Americans have been able to access a...
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June
06,
2017
| 03:28 PM America/New_York
For the second straight year, DentaQuest is participating in the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Disparities Leadership Program. Last year, DentaQuest became the first oral health organization to be accepted into the program. Over the next 12 months...
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January
09,
2017
| 03:00 PM America/New_York
The start of a new year is an opportunity to reflect and consider how we fit into the community at large. Through our corporate giving program and the volunteered talents of our staff, we are investing in our neighborhoods, supporting our stakeholder...
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2016
December
06,
2016
| 03:00 PM America/New_York
Medicaid programs are well-positioned to prioritize optimal oral health in their states through adult dental benefits, but systematic changes are necessary to fully address barriers to dental care. Although Medicaid programs are required to provide p...
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October
04,
2016
| 04:42 PM America/New_York
States and managed care organizations face real challenges when it comes to running a successful Medicaid program and helping people get and stay healthy. Medicaid leaders find themselves faced with extremely difficult decisions about how best to pri...
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2012
January
10,
2012
| 08:10 PM America/New_York
Guest Post by Dr. Michael Monopoli, DentaQuest Foundation Director of Policy and Programs The baby boom generation has consistently enjoyed better health and better oral health than any previous generation. Thanks to community water fluoridation, flu...
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2011
May
06,
2011
| 02:44 PM America/New_York
This week, two news stories caught my eye. One, in the Washington Post, was about a vote taken in the U.S. House of Representatives to repeal mandatory funding for school-based health center construction. The other, in the Worcester, MA Telegram & Ga...
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April
29,
2011
| 03:17 PM America/New_York
Ask any American what they think about healthcare reform and, for better or worse, you’ll probably find very strong opinions about the role of government and spending. However, backstage, away from the public debate about the new law, a quiet revolu...
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April
01,
2011
| 04:11 PM America/New_York
This year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and other experts estimate that more than 300,000 children under the age of six, many from lower-income households, will suffer from Early Childhood Caries (ECC) and require hospitalization. The...
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March
07,
2011
| 09:59 PM America/New_York
This February, U.S. District Court Justice Rya W. Zobel ended 5-years of court oversight of the MassHealth (Medicaid) dental care program for low-income children. This is a milestone to celebrate. In 2005, as the conclusion to a class action la...
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February
25,
2011
| 04:08 PM America/New_York
This week, I have the pleasure of recognizing my colleague Dr. Rob Compton, who was recently appointed to the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Dental Quality Alliance (DQA) Advisory Committee on Research and Development of Performance Measures.Dr....
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