Mo. governor withholds funding for Medicaid dental benefits | Insurers to offer 261 plans on Idaho's ACA exchange | Calif. adds adult dental plans to small-business exchange
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September 25, 2014
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Mo. governor withholds funding for Medicaid dental benefits
Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon has not released $17.8 million in funding for dental services despite bipartisan legislative approval to restore Medicaid dental benefits for adults. Nixon, a Democrat, is holding the funds from the general budget because of a dispute with lawmakers over industry tax breaks and state revenues that fell below projections. St. Louis Post-Dispatch (9/20)
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Insurers to offer 261 plans on Idaho's ACA exchange
Idaho residents and small businesses will have a choice of 261 plans through the state's Affordable Care Act marketplace for 2015, exchange officials announced. Blue Cross of Idaho, BridgeSpan, Mountain Health Co-Op, PacificSource and SelectHealth will offer health plans. Best Life, Blue Cross of Idaho, Delta Dental of Idaho, Guardian Life, PacificSource and Willamette Dental will offer dental plans. KBOI-AM (Boise, Idaho)/The Associated Press (9/22)
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Calif. adds adult dental plans to small-business exchange
Dental Health Services, Access Dental, Blue Shield of California, Delta Dental of California, Guardian, Premier Access, MetLife, Liberty Dental Plan of California, Managed Dental Care of California and Safeguard Health Plans will offer adult dental plans for 2015 through California's Small Business Health Options Program insurance exchange. California businesses with 50 or fewer employees may purchase health and dental plans through the exchange, and some will be eligible for tax credits. American City Business Journals/Los Angeles/L.A. Biz blog (9/22)
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CDC study examines oral health in women of childbearing age
In an analysis of data from the 1999 to 2004 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey involving nearly 5,000 women aged 15 to 44, CDC researchers found that younger women who weren't pregnant were more likely to report having good oral health than older pregnant women. However, more older pregnant women said they have very good oral health than younger pregnant women. HealthDay News (9/19)
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Survey looks at Americans' oral hygiene habits
Sixty-nine percent of Americans responding to a Delta Dental survey said they brush their teeth at least twice a day, typically for just under two minutes, and 41% said they floss at least daily. Twenty-three percent said they have gone two days or longer without brushing. (9/23)
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Webinar explores dental spending and dental care utilization
Join NADP Oct. 16 at 2 p.m. Eastern for the 60-minute webinar, Dental Spending and Dental Care Utilization, presented by Dr. Marko Vujicic of the American Dental Association Health Policy Resources Center. ADA research is shedding a broader light on patterns in dental spending and utilization. This webinar explores dental care utilization over the past decade and what is behind the changes. The analysis provides separate insights for adults and children. For example, the increase in dental care use among children cannot be explained with models, which suggests that policy changes and not, for example, higher income, higher education levels, etc., are the main drivers. For adults, the decline in dental care use is attributable to factors like eroding dental benefits coverage, lower household income, and more Hispanics in the population. Another major finding is that the effect of private dental benefits coverage for adults has increased -- meaning that having dental benefits is becoming more and more important as a driver of dental care use for adults. Explore these and other recent findings with Dr. Vujicic, who has been one of NADP's top presenters at CONVERGE. Register in the NADP Knowledge Center.
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