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Breaking the Barrier to Affordable Dental Care: Lawmakers Propose Adding Coverage to Medicare

The high cost of dental care in the United States is a major concern for many people, and Medicare only partially covers the expenses. According to a report by Forbes on January 12, 2023, in an effort to address this issue, Democratic lawmakers are proposing to add dental care coverage to Medicare, which would provide primary health coverage for all enrolled in the program.


However, as reported by Marca on February 2, 2023, the current Medicare program managed by the federal government does not cover routine dental care or procedures, leaving beneficiaries to pay for the full cost of treatments such as cleanings, fillings, extractions, and dentures. Medicare Part A, which covers hospital stays, skilled nursing facilities, and hospice care, does provide coverage for certain medical dental services that are performed during a hospital stay. This includes medical procedures for those who have suffered a traumatic injury to the teeth or jaw.


Another option for dental coverage is Medicare Advantage, which is approved by the federal government and covers dental, vision, and hearing. This plan, also known as Part C, is often considered the best option for dental coverage, with prices ranging from $0 to $397 per month. Despite the options available, many people who can’t afford dental care opt to travel to other countries for treatment, according to Marca.


By providing comprehensive dental care coverage through Medicare, the number of people traveling abroad for dental treatment could be reduced, making dental care more accessible and affordable for all.


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