Policy Briefs – Oral Health Watch

In its June 2010 report, Washington’s ABCD Program: Improving Dental Care for Medicaid-Insured Children, The Pew Center on the States surveys the remarkable impact that one program in Washington State made in confronting dental disease among Medicaid-insured children under age six.  Since its inception in 1994, the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program has been established in 30 of Washington’s 39 counties and demonstrated impressive results: Click here to view

In The Pew Center on the States recent fact sheet entitled, The Cost of Delay: State Dental Policies Fail 1 in 5 Children, Washington received a B grade for meeting or exceeding 5 of 8 policy benchmarks for addressing children’s dental health needs. Click here to view

Washington State’s Oral Health Workforce, authored by the Center for Health Workforce Studies in November 2009, describes the characteristics of the state’s oral health workforce, impact on underserved populations, and policy options. Click here to view

The Pew Center on the States, National Academy for State Health Policy, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation developed Help Wanted: A Policy Makers Guide to New Dental Providers, May 2009. This resource about oral health workforce expansions covers the options and factors policy makers should consider when making decisions on this issue. Click here to view

Training New Dental Health Providers in the US, December 2009. Click here to view

Training New Dental Health Providers in the US, Policy Brief, December 2009. Click here to view

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…

Op-ed: Equity requires retaining dental coverage

State of Reform •

Policymakers in Olympia confronting the financial damage caused by COVID-19 have some difficult decisions to make…Yet, it would be a huge mistake to cut essential health care safety net programs for people who are the most vulnerable and are already experiencing health inequities.