2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 What’s Next for Medicaid? Oral Health for All September 24, 2015 by Steve Pollock | Roll Call On the 50th anniversary of Medicaid, it’s time to ensure the oral health of all Americans. All Sugars Are Not Created Equal June 26, 2015 by Brian Nový, DDS, FADI, and Betsy Reynolds, RDH, MS | Dimensions of Dental Hygiene Studies are emerging that link consumption of high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS) with heightened risk of diabetes, heart disease, obesity, cancer, dementia, liver failure, and caries. It Is Time To Make Oral Health An Integral Part Of Primary Care June 25, 2015 by Brenda Sharpe, Michael Monopoli, and Laura Smith | Health Affairs Blog While health care experts and health philanthropy are becoming increasingly aware that oral health is essential for healthy development and healthy aging, nationwide, there remains an unacceptably high burden of oral disease. Dental caries is the most common chronic disease of childhood. In other words, more kids suffer from a completely preventable disease of the mouth than any other chronic condition. Foundation Examines Oral Health Inequities in Central Valley June 25, 2015 by Alice Daniel | California Healthline When a national oral health advocacy organization, the DentaQuest Foundation, asked Fresno State University's Central Valley Health Policy Institute (CVHPI) to examine the state of oral health in the region and take a grassroots approach to prioritizing needs, it made perfect sense. It was essentially a continuation and expansion of the institute's ongoing efforts. Adult Dental Coverage Expanding Slowly in Medicaid June 10, 2015 Stateline At the Interfaith Dental Center in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, people with dental pain can walk into a ground floor office off Bedford Avenue and get treated without an appointment. They might have to wait in a packed waiting room. But if they’re in the door by 5 p.m., a dentist will see them. Teething pains; Many children in Pennsylvania have dental benefits but don’t use them February 20, 2015 By Katherine Mulligan, Regional Director for DentaQuest | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette English essayist Samuel Johnson once observed that “the chains of habit are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” We all get into routines that can be difficult to change. Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in danger; offering some solutions February 19, 2015 DentistryIQ | Interview with Steve Pollock, DentaQuest COO February is National Children’s Dental Health Month, designed to promote the dental health of children across the nation. But one of the biggest success stories in public policy – increasing access to and reducing the cost of quality dental care – could be in jeopardy. Connecting Americans With Much-Needed Dental Care February 18, 2015 Commentary by Steve Pollock, COO | Roll Call Several months ago, there was an error in the highly anticipated Affordable Care Act enrollment numbers when hundreds of thousands of dental plan enrollments were erroneously included in the goal of covering 7 million Americans under the new health law. While this miscommunication was handled swiftly and effectively by the administration, it served as a distraction from the very real progress that has been made in providing dental coverage to more individuals. DentaQuest Improving Access and Quality while Managing Program Costs in Texas February 18, 2015 TAHP DentaQuest is privileged to serve as one of the dental managed care organizations for the statewide Medicaid and CHIP dental programs. We have partnered with the Texas Health and Human Service Commission to administer the program since 2012. Approximately 56% of the Texas Medicaid Dental Program recipients are DentaQuest members. CoverKids Awards Dental Benefits Manager Contract to DentaQuest January 09, 2015 The CoverKids program has selected DentaQuest USA Insurance Company as the Dental Benefits Manager (DBM) for the Children’s Health Insurance Program. The five-year contract was awarded on November 19, 2014, with an effective date of January 2, 2015. There will be a six-month transitional period and the delivery of services will begin July 1, 2015, which is the start of the new fiscal year. How the poorest kids in Alabama are getting the best care. January 06, 2015 By June Thomas | Slate One of the most shameful gaps in the American health care system involves the country’s poorest children. They can’t get basic dental treatment. It’s not that they don’t have insurance—many of them do. The problem is that dentists won’t treat them.