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Analysis Finds Medicare Recipients Often Skip Needed Dental Care

A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Medicare will be helpful in informing policymakers as they develop a possible dental benefit for adult Medicare recipients. The report found that 47% of those covered by Medicare had not visited a dental practice within the past 12 months. Although dental benefits are being considered for adults, at present, the lack of coverage is a key reason why many enrollees do not seek professional dental care regularly. Additionally, the data show those who have access to dental care through private insurance incur high out-of-pocket costs. According to the report, the average out-of-pocket spending among Medicare beneficiaries who accessed dental services was $874.

From Dimensions of Dental Hygiene. September 2021;19(9):11.

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