Description: The article below is talking about medicaid portal. The content shows us that teeth aren’t just for chewing, they still have other functions. We can also see the fact that many state programs lack coverage for dental care and some problems that can be caused by some diseases.
Even before any proposed cuts take effect, Medicaid is already lean in one key area, many state programs lack coverage for dental care that can be bad news not only for people’s overall well-being, but also for their ability to find and keep a job, that’s the topic of this week’s health care triage, special thanks to Austin Frac from who’s up shot column.
This episode was a depth not being able to see a dentist which is related to a range of health problems periodontal disease gum infection is associated with an increased risk of cancer and cardiovascular diseases in part, this reflects how people deal with oral health problems and they tend to be less healthy.
In other ways, diabetes in smoking, for instance, increase the chances of cardiovascular problems and endanger mouth health, there’s also a causal explanation for how oral health issues can lead to or worse and other illnesses bacteria originating and oral infections can circulate elsewhere contributing to heart diseases and strokes.
Similar phenomena may be at the root of the finding, the pregnant women lacking dental care or teeth cleaning are more likely to experience a preterm delivery, you should remember that medicaid covers care related to almost half of births in the United States, there are also clear connections between poor oral health and pain and loss of teeth, both affect what people can comfortably eat which can lead to unhealthy changes in diet.
But the problems that go beyond health people with bad teeth can be stigmatized both in social settings, when they’re trying to find employment studies document that we make judgments about one another including about intelligence.
According to the aesthetics of teeth and mouth about one-third of adults with incomes below 138 percent of the poverty line low enough to be eligible for Medicaid in states that adopted the ACA s Medicaid expansion report that the appearance of their teeth and mouth affected their ability to interview for a job by comparison only 15% of adults with incomes above 400% of the poverty line feel the same way, some indirect evidence.
The economic effects of poor oral health comes from a study of water fluoridation which protects teeth from decay, it found that fluoridation increased the earnings of women by 4 percent on average and more, so for women of low socioeconomic status, other evidence comes from a randomized study in Brazil.
Their investigators showed one of two images, two people are responsible for hiring pictures either of a person without dental problems or with uncorrected dental problems, those with the problems were more likely to be judged as less intelligent and were less likely to be considered suitable for high the relationship between oral health.
Work has gained new salience in light of Kentucky’s recently approved Medicaid Waiver which permits the states to impose work requirements on some able-bodied Medicaid enrollees, it’s a step that some other states are also considering Medicaid takes different forms in different states and even within states different populations are entitled to different benefits though all states must cover dental benefits for children and low-income families.
They aren’t required to do so, for adults as of January of this year, only 17 state Medicaid programs offered comprehensive adult dental benefits and only 14 of those did, so for the population eligible for Medicaid under the ACA more typically states offer only limited dental benefits or none dental coverage under the most private health care plans isn’t comprehensive either people who want it have to buy separate dental plans.
But compared with those enrolled in private coverage through an employer or on their own the population eligible for Medicaid is much more likely to need dental care and much less likely to be able to afford it or coverage for it, people with incomes low enough to qualify for Medicaid are twice as likely to have untreated tooth decay relative to their higher income counterparts Kentucky offers limited dental benefits to Medicaid enrollees including those on whom work requirements would be imposed.
Those benefits exclude coverage for dentures root canals and crowns which could challenge some enrollees ability to maintain good oral health and lead to greater emergency department use, one study found that after Kentucky’s Medicaid expansion in 2014, the rate of use of the emergency department for oral health conditions tripled.
Another study found that about 1 billion dollars in annual emergency department spending was attributed to dental conditions and 30 percent of emergency department visits for dental problems were made by people enrolled in Medicaid.
Other states that have proposed imposing work requirements as a condition of Medicaid eligibility include Arizona, Arkansas, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Utah and Wisconsin, of these only North Carolina and Wisconsin offer extensive dental benefits while Arkansas Indiana and Kansas offer limited benefits and the definition of limited varies by state.
But in all, such states benefits are capped at $1,000 per year and cover less than 100 of 600 recognized dental procedures Maine New Hampshire nuta offer emergency only benefits Arizona offers none though emergency only coverage is less than ideal.
It’s better than nothing, it has documented in a recent study based on Oregon’s Medicaid experiment that study used a random lottery to offer some low-income adult residents eligibility for Medicaid at the time of the study, Oregon offered dental coverage only for emergencies and the study found that one year after the lottery Medicaid coverage meant more people got dental care largely through emergency department use.
The percentage of people reporting unmet dental needs fell to 47% from 61%, it also doubled the use of anti-infective which are used to reduce gum infections, another study published in the Journal of health economics found that Medicaid dental coverage increased the chances that Medicaid eligible people had a dental visit by as much as 22 percent, it’s an accident of history that oral care has been divided from care for the rest of our bodies.
But it seems less of an accident that the current system hurts those who need it the most, did you enjoy the video, consider liking it below or even subscribing to the channel, while we’ve got you, we like to make videos about stuff like that.
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