Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo., introduced a resolution Tuesday asking relevant House and Senate committees to develop budget reconciliation recommendations by Jan. 27 and creating a "reserve fund" that would set aside savings from a possible Affordable Care Act repeal to fund future health care legislation and reduce the budget deficit. The move sets the stage for rollback of the Affordable Care Act through the budget reconciliation process.
Gayathri Subramanian, an assistant professor at the Rutgers School of Dental Medicine, describes how a patient's lack of dental insurance and poor oral health led to his decline after receiving treatment for oral cancer. "When oral health is treated as if it were unrelated to overall health -- as is the case in this country, where there is 'medical' insurance and then there is 'dental' insurance -- the consequences can be dire," Subramanian writes.
President Barack Obama met with congressional Democrats to discuss preserving the Affordable Care Act on Wednesday, while Vice President-elect Mike Pence met with congressional Republicans to discuss repealing and replacing the law.
Medicare Advantage plans are popular with the 17.6 million Medicare beneficiaries currently covered, and a strong, stable product line for insurers who value the stability of enrollment. House Speaker Paul Ryan's proposal to lower payments to MA plans through a premium support option could result in higher premiums and out-of-pocket expenses making the plans less attractive to seniors, according to Gretchen Jacobson, an associate director at the Kaiser Family Foundation.
Forty-one percent of scuba divers responding to a survey said they had experienced dental problems related to diving, such as pain, loosened crowns and cracked fillings. Divers who have an underlying dental condition may experience barodontalgia, or toothache caused by high or low pressure, and dive instructors reported more pain and dental problems than recreational divers, according to the survey results published in the British Dental Journal.
The Hawaii Department of Education and the Hawaii Dental Association are launching an oral health education program in schools. Dentists will teach first- and second-graders proper dental hygiene techniques and share information about free dental care.
Final arguments from Aetna, Humana and the Justice Department were presented to US District Judge John Bates last week in a case challenging Aetna's proposed $37 billion acquisition of Humana, and Bates said he would rule in a "timely manner." The Justice Department says the deal would reduce competition in the Medicare Advantage market.
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