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Medicaid expansion and oral health

This year marks the 8th anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). While it’s not perfect, there is no denying that the ACA has helped to reduce health disparities and saved lives by extending coverage to millions of Americans. Nationwide, the uninsured rate dropped from 17 percent in 2009 to 8.8 percent…

A water fluoridation tale of two cities

A well-regarded Australian newspaper published a compelling article that illustrates the real and tangible benefits of community water fluoridation. The Sydney Morning Herald profiled oral health professional Jennifer James, a dental therapist who has treated the children of two communities 100 miles west of Sydney for 40 years. The towns of Bathurst and Oberon are a…

Dental Health Aide Therapists: One year later

  By Guest Contributor Christina Peters Last year, Gov. Jay Inslee signed into law a bill aimed at improving oral health for Native people on tribal lands. Senate Bill 5079, the first to pass during the 2017 legislative session, recognizes tribes’ sovereign right to determine how best to meet the needs of their community and allows…

5 Facts About Community Water Fluoridation

Drinking fluoridated tap water is good for your overall and oral health. Here are five facts that support water fluoridation as safe and beneficial. Prevents tooth decay. Fluoride remains the most efficient way to prevent cavities and oral disease – so much so that the CDC declared fluoridation as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements…

Raise a glass of fluoridated tap water for National Drinking Water Week

  It’s National Drinking Water Week. What better way to mark this annual observance than to dedicate this week’s blog to the essential role safe, clean – and fluoridated – tap water plays in keeping us hydrated and healthy? Overall, the United States has one of the highest quality drinking supplies in the world. And because…

National Minority Health Month reminds us that health disparities exist

In recognition of National Minority Health Month, Oral Health Watch is focusing this week’s blog on the oral health disparities ethnic and racial minorities disproportionately experience. Overall, oral health among children in Washington is improving. According to the 2015-2016 Smile Survey, the rate of untreated cavities is down to 12 percent with an overwhelming majority…

Health equity and water fluoridation

April 2-6 marks National Public Health Week and what better way to recognize this moment than to focus on what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has lauded as one of the 10 greatest public health achievements of the last century: community water fluoridation. The CDC includes community water fluoridation with such impactful…

2018 legislative session yields oral health care access gains

The conclusion of the 2018 legislative session marked another year of progress toward expanding oral health care access and reducing health disparities in Washington State. Oral Health Watch would like to thank the Legislature for its unanimous support of Substitute Senate Bill 6549 and its continued support of the Oral Health Connections pilot program. Targeted…

DentistLink connecting providers to patients

In previous blogs, we wrote about the Oral Health Watch Coalition’s commitment to working toward zero health disparities and expanding oral health care access. There was an overwhelming response on Oral Health Watch’s Facebook page on this topic. In many cases, people with Apple Health coverage, our state’s Medicaid program, expressed frustration at the difficulties…

It’s never too early for good oral health

With February being National Children’s Dental Health Month, we want to focus on kids in this week’s blog. Though almost entirely preventable, tooth decay remains the most common chronic childhood disease in the U.S. Oral health problems account for nearly one-third (30 percent) of U.S. children ages 6 to 12 missing more than 9 million school…

Opportunities to Improve the Medicaid Dental Program

By: Diane Oakes, President & CEO of Arcora Foundation When our state legislators passed the 2019–2021 Operating Budget in the final days of the session, they included a proviso directing the Health Care Authority (HCA) to stop moving forward with the planned implementation of Medicaid dental managed care, to continue directly administering the program under…

Apple Health dental program investments good policy, the right thing to do

Oral Health Watch and the nearly two million Washington residents with Apple Health (Medicaid) dental coverage need your support. While the House and Governor’s budgets include an increase for the Apple Health dental program, the Senate budget represents a cut of more than $19M in total funds ($7.8M in state funds) from the program. The…

Expanding dental care access is a top priority during 2019 legislative session

Oral Health Watch believes every person should enjoy the benefits of good oral health and that no one should be burdened by painful cavities and untreated oral disease. As Washington lawmakers return to Olympia for a 105-day legislative session this week, OHW would like to share some of the legislative priorities of oral health advocates.…

Making progress toward improved oral health care access

Oral health care advocates had a good deal to cheer about in 2018 as both Washington state and the federal government signed into law legislation aimed at expanding dental care access for underserved populations. This year began with a short Washington state legislative session that yielded multiple oral health care access gains, including the Legislature’s…

Open Enrollment Ends Dec. 15th

Washington residents seeking health care coverage for 2019 on the Washington Health Benefit Exchange have until Saturday, December 15thbefore the open enrollment period ends. Enrollment for Apple Health, our state’s Medicaid program, is available year-round for individuals and families that qualify for free or low-cost health coverage. The number of people signing up for care in…

Make your voice heard for immigrant families

By Litonya Lester, Health Policy Director and Sarah Domondon, Policy and Advocacy Associate at Children’s Alliance Immigrant families shouldn’t have to choose between getting dental care and their stability in the U.S. But the White House’s current proposed rule on public charge have many wondering if accessing vital services will put them at risk. Luckily…

Annual free health clinic in Seattle returns with some changes

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Dental care often has been one of the most requested services at the SKCC. On Thursday, the first day of the SKCC, the clinic set aside about 500 tickets for dental care. Staff said all of those tickets had been given out by 9 a.m. Thursday.