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Progress in getting children to the dentist

Spokane Public Radio •

A Washington oral health program for children is celebrating 20 years of caring for kids. The Access to Baby and Child Dentistry program, or ABCD, actually started in Spokane in 1995 at a time when only one-in-five children received dental checkups.

Medicare dental legislation: A popular and wise investment

The Hill •

Amidst all of the political noise in recent weeks, the House of Representatives passed a policy that could transform health care for tens of millions of Americans. It may even be something that will please everyone.

Washington’s innovative dental program for kids turns 20

Suburban Times •

An innovative oral health program that has helped hundreds of thousands of lower-income children and established Washington state as a national leader in children’s dental care access turns 20.

A look at dental health in rural Idaho

Boise Public Radio •

Rural communities across America struggle to find adequate dental care nearby, which means oral health can be neglected until it manifests into an urgent medical issue.

Washington’s ABCD dental program celebrates 20 year anniversary

State of Reform •

Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD), an oral health program which connects Medicaid-insured children up to age six with dentists specially trained to treat babies, toddlers and preschoolers, is celebrating its twenty year anniversary.

Why we need to make oral health a priority

Seattle Medium •

Surveys of Washington residents show that oral health problems occur in all communities and populations, but are more common among communities of color and people with lower incomes.  When it comes to oral health, disparities are widespread and profound.

What they’re watching: Scott Kennedy

State of Reform •

Scott Kennedy, MD is the Chief Medical Officer at the Olympia Medical Center in Port Angeles.  He is also a board member at the Arcora Foundation, one of the nation’s largest foundations focused on oral health. Dr. Kennedy joins us for this edition of “What They’re Watching” to speak to the intersection of oral health with…

Poor dental hygiene impacts overall health

US Army •

Although most people probably understand that poor dental care can lead to cavities, did you know that other, more serious health problems can also result from poor oral care?

Opinion: Oral health is essential for everyone at every age

International Examiner •

Every child deserves a healthy start in life, and an opportunity to grow into a productive adult. Oral health is an essential part of that continuum. At every age, oral health is crucial to overall health.

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


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.