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…
A healthy body includes a healthy mouth
Oral health is essential to general health and wellbeing. Infections in the mouth have been shown to affect diabetes, pregnancy, heart health, stroke and can lower a body’s resistance to infection. That is why concerned dental, medical, labor and business organizations, social service organizations and health advocates have joined together to promote wise investments that aim to improve oral – and overall – health for all people living in Washington state.
Oral Health Watch supports smart investments that expand access to oral health care, proven-effective strategies like water fluoridation and school sealant programs, and innovative approaches to reduce oral health disparities. We are working toward a future where everyone in Washington state has access to essential preventive dental care and early treatment regardless of income level, geography or ethnicity because good oral health is fundamental to general wellbeing and quality of life.
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