The Flaws Of Affordable Care Act On Dental Care
The Flaws Of Affordable Care Act
Dental care is very important for both adults and children as much as medical care. Children and adults must have the same access to dental care. However, even in this reality, the new Affordable Care Act is only limitedly advantageous to children alone and not to adult.
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According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, 25% of the American adult population do not have dental insurance coverage at all. This means millions of adults below 65 years of age do not have dental insurance coverage at all.
In the same sense, Medicaid also covers only very little dental insurance. In the US, there are as many as 8 states that do not offer any dental coverage. And, as many as 17 states cater only dental emergency coverage. Dental emergency is not enough. You need regular visitations to your dentist for regular check up. Because of this emergency coverage only, a lot of Americans, approximately 2.1 million in 2010, where running to emergency rooms. But unfortunately, by this time the infection has caused so much damage that the tooth is not saveable any longer.
The diseases that are caused by poor dental health are over-looked by the makers and implementers of Affordable Care Act. This is surprising because there are a lot of studies linking poor dental health to common diseases like hypertension, heart attack, nerve damage and the likes and yet, dental health is not covered.
But finally, they brought back dental coverage for adults under the medicaid program, but only partially. It doesn’t cover all dental care necessities. But what about people who don’t qualify for medicaid, but at the same time can’t afford dental insurance? They are out of luck.oral health linked to systemic diseases