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Health Affairs Journal Publishes All-Dental Issue

December 12, 2016

The American Dental Association is well-represented in this month’s issue of Health Affairs, one of the premier health policy journals in the country. The December issue focuses exclusively on oral health.

Marko Vujicic, vice president and chief economist with the ADA Health Policy Institute, was the lead author in the study “Dental Care Presents the Highest Level of Financial Barriers, Compared to Other Types of Health Care Services,” in which he and his coauthors analyzed data from the 2014 National Health Interview Survey, comparing the responses of nonelderly adults with children and seniors. They found that 12.8 percent of adults aged 19-64 reported not obtaining dental care because of cost, compared to 4.3 percent of children and 7.2 percent of seniors 65 and older.

In addition, Jane Grover, director of the ADA’s Council for Advocacy on Access and Prevention, co-authored “After Medicaid Expansion in Kentucky, Use of Hospital Emergency Departments for Dental Conditions Increased,” which appears in the same Health Affairs issue.