April 4, 2013
This Implementation Brief examines current Administration policy regarding access to children’s oral health benefits among families who qualify both for Exchange coverage and for advance premium tax credits and cost-sharing reduction assistance. The Brief identifies an emerging set of policy issues that in turn may be creating a policy misalignment between children’s oral health coverage and the premium credits and...
April 27, 2011
Providing access to high quality oral health care is an important component to improving the health of people in the United States. A person’s oral health is connected to that person’s overall well-being, and can be an indicator of serious health problems. Often, symptoms of disease first show up in the mouth, and certain infections in the mouth, if untreated, can spread to other parts of the body. However, the current supply of dentists, particularly in medically underserved areas, is inadequate. As of September 2009, there were 4,230 dental health professions shortage areas, within which more than 42 million people live. The U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) estimates that it would take an increase of more than 9,500 dental professionals in order to reduce the ratio in shortage areas to 1 dental professional for every 3,000 individuals.
March 16, 2011
Strengthening and modernizing the health care workforce was a major goal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). The ACA contains dozens of provisions related to health care workforce issues, including strengthening primary care, national workforce policy development, increasing the supply of health care workers, and more. This Implementation Brief focuses on those provisions of the ACA that specifically target the strengthening of the primary care physician workforce.