An estimated 74 million Americans have no access to oral health care – this is nearly double the number of people without health insurance – despite evidence showing that poor oral health is linked to cardiovascular diseases and can lead to other significant health complications. In Washington, there has been little political will to change this status quo as much of the policy discussions around health insurance coverage leave out oral health. What will it take to recognize oral health as an integral part of overall health care before it’s too late?
Join POLITICO on Tuesday, September 24, for a deep-dive conversation on solutions around access, coverage and costs of oral health care in America.
Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL), House Committee on Energy and Commerce
Richard J. Manski, DDS, Chair of Dental Public Health, University of Maryland School of Dentistry
Julie Watts McKee, DMD, State Dental Director, Kentucky Department of Public Health
RADM Erica Schwartz, MD, JD, MPH, Deputy Surgeon General, Health and Human Services
Moderated by: Adriel Bettelheim, Health Care Editor, POLITICO
and Rachel Roubein, Health Care Reporter, POLITICO Pro