Dental care is extremely important for both adults and children. Even like this, the ACA will be advantageous mostly to children, but not adults.
Currently, millions of Americans both kids and adults have very limited coverage for dental care. According to data from the Kaiser Family Foundation, approximately 1/4 of adults below 65 do not have any dental coverage at all.
Even though Medicaid covers some dental care, in 8 US states it does not offer any kind of dental coverage, and in 17 states it offers coverage only for dental emergencies.
The fact that such a huge number of Americans does not have access to any kind of dental coverage is reflected in approximately 2.1 million visits to the emergency rooms in 2010 alone. People keep suffering from dental discomfort and pain to the point they must go to the emergency room because infection has become insupportable.
Also, there are just too many health issues linked to poor oral health that it is a wonder how the ACA did not consider including at least preventive/basic dental care for all adults.
Some of these health risks include heart complications, diabetes, breathing complications, and even Alzheimer’s. These and other risks have been other big signals of alarm to healthcare “makers” to include proper dental coverage for everyone.
If one has a look at things from a different point of view, the emergency dental treatment cost the state way more than if these people would have been insured and would have received dental treatments in time. Most often, patients end up in these emergency rooms with a bad infection which started as a simple dental cavity or inflamed gums.
One of the essential benefits provided by ACA is pediatric dental care. However, the regulations and provisions will be set by each US state. For example, in Utah, the insurance policies approved on exchange will include coverage for dental sealants and professional dental sealants for children, but there will no other restorative dental work included such as cavity fillings.
With the greatest majority of dental insurance policies being quite expensive and covering little, and ACA now bringing some changes which are not so essential changes, the problem of adults without dental care access still persists.
Luckily, there are many health foundations and charity organizations which hold free dental events quite often all throughout the country.
Many private dentists join the Dentistry from the Heart effort and they organize one or two day free dental clinics where the needy patients receive cleanings, extractions, root canal therapies, and even dentures for free.
Then, more and more needy patients are not even focusing on buying the cheapest insurance but they rather look up affordable dental plans which give them discounts on the spot for treatments or for ways to enroll for low cost dental care at the dental schools nearby.