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HPI, Oral Health America: Americans over 50 want dental coverage in Medicare

November 20, 2017

By Jennifer Garvin

Thinking About Oral Healthcare infographic
Washington — The vast majority of Americans over 50 would like dental coverage included in Medicare, according to new research from Oral Health America and the ADA Health Policy Institute.

In order to better understand older adults' views and attitudes on adding a dental benefit to Medicare, Oral Health America and HPI commissioned Wakefield Research to conduct a series of focus groups with adults aged 50 and older and highlighted the results in a new infographic.

Currently, more than 55 million older adults access health care services through Medicare; however, they are limited when it comes to accessing oral health, said OHA in a news release. Medicare does not cover routine preventive or restorative services.

The focus group research found that an increasing number of older adults understand the link between oral health and overall health and that 93 percent of Americans age 50 and older want dental coverage included in Medicare. The research found that compared to other coverage types such as vision, hearing, long-term care and foot care, dental care was the "top priority."

Download the infographic here.