Press & Media – Page 20 – Oral Health Watch

San Jose embraces fluoridation, years behind other Bay Area cities

The Mercury News •

San Jose – the nation’s biggest city without fluoride in its drinking water – finally will begin to receive the additive. The move comes several years after a push by dentists, the Santa Clara County Public Health Department and others, who contend that fluoride can help reduce high rates of cavities.

Many lower-income households rely on Medicaid coverage for kids

Kaiser Health News •

Lower income parents who have health insurance through their employers are increasingly like to forgo family coverage and enroll their kids in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) instead, a new study found.

Medicaid has long-term beneficial effects on children

The Washington Post •

Researchers are only now beginning to understand how consequential the Medicaid program has been for the lives of Americans. Fifty years after Medicaid became available, children who received health insurance through the program are healthier, living longer and working more, according to the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Op-Ed: How to start expanding dental care for all

The Seattle Times •

Pop-up clinics and charitable events are not long-term solutions to addressing the insufficient access to dental care in Washington State. Investing in efforts that improve dental care access for at-risk populations will lead to better health and lower medical costs.

Oral health and mental illness: Yes, they are related

Mental Health Matters •

To many of us, this might seem a little weird but mental health is linked to oral health and vice versa. We all know that both the mind and body have a serious relationship. Research has found that the people with mental illnesses tend to have bad oral health.

A natural history of fluoride

Wired •

Contrary to what many people believe, fluoride is not some evil scourge of industrial society. Wired Science blogger Deborah Blum debunks some anti-fluoride misinformation, and shares a natural history of the element.

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.