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The Affordable Care Act aims to extend healthcare coverage to many Americans. However, dental health will not be covered for most adults. According to the American Dental Association, while an estimated 3 million children will gain dental benefits by 2018, the law does not address adult dental care. Recently, Burton Edelstein, D.D.S., a professor of dentistry and health policy at Columbia University, testified in Washington that allowing state health exchanges to exclude coverage for teeth is as foolish as allowing them to exclude coverage for arms and legs.
LifeHealthPro.com reported that Edelstein said that dental health is not just important for children, but adults as well, and the government needs to recognize that. Furthermore, dental coverage is absent from the Medicare program, which may harm baby boomers.
"As a result of the Medicare exclusion of dental coverage, millions of baby boomers will be moving out of employer-sponsored dental coverage that they have enjoyed for decades and into no dental coverage at all," Edelstein said in Washington, quoted by LifeHealth Pro.
He added that many individuals go to the emergency room because they can't afford to see a dentist, which can be about 10 times more expensive than ordinary dental care.
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