The American Dental Association urges Congress to ensure that every individual has coverage for and access to oral health services. Studies show that sound oral health leads to better educational outcomes for children, and better employment outcomes for adults. Further, evidence continues to show that good oral health yields savings in other medical areas, particularly among individuals with comorbidities such as diabetes and heart disease.
Health care reform has expanded dental care coverage resulting in more care being delivered. According to the ADA’s Health Policy Institute (HPI), dental care use is flat among adults overall, but up slightly among lower-income adults due to expanded coverage under the Affordable Care Act. Dental spending rose in 2015 after years of stagnation, which was driven mainly by increases in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP) spending. Despite these gains, according to 2016 HPI data, cost remains the primary reason individuals do not seek dental care.
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