This 2007 report by the Dental Health Foundation (now the Center for Oral Health) notes the extent of dental coverage, barriers to utilization, and policy considerations for improving the oral health of all Californians.
As expected, this week has been filled with health reform activity. As we have noted in past updates there are currently three bills that define the health care reform debate.
Under growing pressure from President Obama to pass health reform legislation before the August recess, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the chairmen of the three House committees involved with jurisdiction over health reform unveiled a draft bill on July 14, 2009.
Four articles ran in today's Washington Post as part of a package on oral health.
On June 9, 2009 the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pension Committee (HELP) released its legislative proposal for health reform. The 615 page bill details programs that go beyond coverage for the uninsured to include public health, workforce, and systems reform. The HELP Committee is expected to begin consideration of its legislation June 18th. The HELP proposal contains numerous provisions that collectively could dramatically improve the oral health of Americans, particularly those who are underserved or disproportionately impacted by oral diseases.