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January 16, 2020 News News

Fewer Nova Scotians Using Children’s Dental Coverage as New Oral Health Strategy Work Begins

by Global News

As the province develops its first oral health strategy, new numbers show that fewer and fewer Nova Scotians are taking advantage of existing oral health services for children. The Department of Health and Wellness expanded dental coverage for children 14

December 13, 2019 News News

Insurers Say Jump in Dental Fees is Out of Touch

by Edmonton Journal

The largest payer of dental services in Alberta says a 4.4 per cent increase in fee guide rates for dental services is out of touch and encourages Albertans to save money with out-of-province treatment. “While we appreciate our close working

December 10, 2019 News News

NDP Press Liberals to Limit Tax Break and Invest in Dental Care

by The Star

The New Democrats are pressing Justin Trudeau’s government to scale back a broad tax cut to free up money for a national program to ensure dental care for Canadians who can’t afford it. Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday tabled legislation to

December 2, 2019 News News

Dentist Points Out Gaps in New Program for Low-Income Seniors

by My Prescott Now

Dr. Kim Hansen says there’s a lot of confusion about the new Ontario Seniors’ Dental Care Program. The Prescott dentist and President of the Ontario Dental Association (ODA) noted public Health Units have been tasked with administering the program. Dr.

November 20, 2019 News News

Unaffordable Dental Care In New Zealand: ‘I Can’t Do Anything About It’

by RNZ

Accessing good dental care is not easy for thousands of low income New Zealanders, and for one woman, it is an unaffordable dream, as she cannot take on more debt. Work and Income is funding at least $20 million a

November 18, 2019 News News

British Political Party Vows To End Dental Check-Up Charges

by BBC News

Everyone will be entitled to a “free teeth MOT” in England under a Labour government, the party says. Labour is proposing to scrap band one dentistry charges, which cover a check up, a scale and polish, and any X-rays that

November 15, 2019 News News

Jagmeet Singh Says NDP Open To Voting Against Throne Speech If It Doesn’t Address Issues Like Dental Care

by CBC News

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says his party could vote against the upcoming throne speech if it doesn’t offer commitments to parts of the party’s platform, including a universal pharmacare plan. “We are absolutely open to voting against the throne speech if

October 30, 2019 News NewsOral Health

Medicare Would Cover Dental And Vision If These Bills Pass Congress

by CNBC

Medicare beneficiaries would get dental, vision and hearing coverage if several bills now before Congress pass. In addition, the government would get authority to negotiate prices with drugmakers and create a cap for Medicare out-of-pocket spending on prescription drugs. All

September 30, 2019 News News

Special Needs Patients Struggle After Elimination Of Preventative Medicaid Dental Coverage

by KTUU

Families of special needs patients say that Governor Dunleavy’s cuts to Medicaid leave them without coverage for preventative dental care. “When they cut it, everything went away,” said Cathy Scott, a mother of a 30-year-old man living with special needs.

August 2, 2019 News NewsOral Health

Sanders’s Health Care Plan May Give Canada’s A Run For Its Money

by MSN

During last night’s Democratic debates, Senator Bernie Sanders naturally talked up his signature policy point, his Medicare for All proposal. He also made a familiar comparison, describing a bus trip he made from Detroit to Windsor, Ontario, with Americans who fill prescriptions in

June 16, 2019 News News

NDP’s 2019 Election Platform Promises Mental, Dental, Hearing Coverage For All

by David Thurton, CBC News

The NDP will be the first Canadian federal party to unveil an election platform that promises to drastically expand Canada’s health care system to include, not just pharmacare, but mental, dental, eye and hearing coverage for all citizens. NDP Leader

January 21, 2019 News News

Quebec to Provide Dental Coverage for Children with Cancer

by Phil Carpenter, Global News

Quebec families with children who have cancer will no longer have to foot the bill for certain dental work. The province announced on Friday that medicare now cover the cost of dental care for young cancer survivors who have dental

January 17, 2019 News News

Province to Spend Almost $1 Million on Expanded Dental Coverage for Kids

by Taryn Grant, StarMetro Halifax

The government of Nova Scotia says it will now pay for more basic dental treatment for children without private insurance. In a news release Wednesday morning, the province announced an expansion to the Children’s Oral Health Program, which covers children

December 14, 2018 News News

B.C. Premier Opens Door to Including Dental Coverage in Health Care System

by Richard Zussman, Global News

B.C. Premier John Horgan is not opposed to the idea of the province covering dental care as part of the provincial health care system. Horgan was asked about the issue as part of a year-end interview with Global News. “We have

December 4, 2018 News News

State Officials Ponder Proposals That Reduce Access To Dental Care, Increase Costs

by Patrick Gleason, Forbes

There are many challenges facing the governors and state lawmakers across the U.S. who will soon be gaveling in their 2019 legislative sessions. Among the most pressing are rising health care costs and the lack of access to care that

October 29, 2018 News News

Preventive Dental Care Associated with Fewer ED, Hospital Visits

by Jennifer Bresnick, Health IT Analytics

Providing dental coverage as a preventive care benefit may help providers and payers reduce the number of emergency department visits and hospitalizations, according to a new two-year study from Capital BlueCross, Dominion National, and Geneia LLC. Integrating dental services more tightly into

July 4, 2018 News News

Kentucky Cuts Dental, Vision Coverage for Nearly 500,000 Medicaid Recipients

by Tami Luhby, CNN

Kentucky Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has suspended dental and vision benefits for nearly 500,000 Medicaid recipients after a federal judge blocked his plan to overhaul the safety net program. Bevin’s administration was set to launch a massive reorganization of Medicaid benefits

May 22, 2018 News News

Ontario Election Healthcare Platforms Recap

by Oral Health

With the Ontario election just a couple weeks away and endless information about the parties’ platforms circulating, it’s a good time to refresh yourself on what healthcare promises are being made. Dental care has been a massive topic for each

May 7, 2018 News BlogsPatient education

Dental Coverage Could Impact Your Patient Treatment Acceptance

by Shawn Peers, DentalPeers

“Selling” treatment is a challenge for many dentists. Treatment can be costly and it is not easy to convince some patients there is value when they do not “feel” they have a problem. Bottom line…bleeding gums are not a big

March 29, 2018 News News

Ontario Liberals Announce New Pre-Election Dental Program

by Rob Ferguson, Toronto Star

Ontarians lacking workplace health insurance will get up to $700 a year to defray the cost of medicines and dentist visits starting in summer 2019 under the Wynne government’s pre-election budget. Augmenting a new OHIP+ pharmacare plan and the existing Healthy