HHS has approved Indiana's request to require able-bodied Medicaid beneficiaries under the age of 60 to work at least 20 hours per week, be enrolled in school, or be in the state's job training and search program, making it the second state to receive such approval after Kentucky. Primary caregivers, pregnant women, medically frail beneficiaries and residents receiving substance abuse treatment are exempted from the new requirements, but others who won't be able to comply will be suspended from Medicaid until they can meet the requirements for a full month.
The Idaho House Health and Welfare Committee approved a bill that would restore some dental coverage for adults to the state Medicaid program. Restoring dental coverage would cost about $1.24 million, but the bill's sponsor said it would reduce spending on emergency dental and other care by $2.5 million.
Dentists and patients urged the Maryland Senate Finance Committee to support a bill requiring an expansion of the state's Medicaid program to cover some dental care for adults, which would ultimately save money by reducing payments for emergency care, the advocates said. Gov. Larry Hogan opposes the measure and did not include funding for it in his budget despite being authorized to do so by existing legislation.
The Trump administration is considering lifetime limits on Medicaid coverage for adults in an attempt to retain the program's coverage for children, pregnant women and adults with disabilities. Critics say the move would impose administrative burdens and put vulnerable populations in danger.
Residents of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Connecticut collectively have the best oral health and personal dental hygiene habits in the country, while residents of Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi have the worst oral health, according to personal finance website WalletHub. The report also ranks states according to the number of dentists per capita, tobacco use, consumption of sugary products and other measures.
Providing preventive dental care, such as fluoride varnishes, along with dietary advice and oral hygiene instruction to people in early stages of dementia can prevent serious oral health problems as dementia progresses, researchers wrote in the British Dental Journal. "Early in the disease, we should build positive habits so patients don't forget what their dentists advise," said specialty care dentist Robert Emanuel.
A study in The Journal of Clinical Periodontology showed that people with type 2 diabetes who received oral hygiene instructions and a deep tooth and gum cleaning experienced significant improvements in blood glucose levels. The improvements correlated with oral bacteria levels, and the nonsurgical treatment of periodontitis led to improved glycemic status and glycated hemoglobin levels.
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