On Jan. 28, Sen. Cardin (D-MD) and Rep. Barragan (D-CA-44) introduced S.97/H.R.502, the Medicare Dental Benefit Act. This bill provides for Medicare coverage of dental and oral health services, including routine diagnostic and preventive services, basic and major dental services, and emergency care; dental prostheses are also covered.
On Feb. 17, Senators Bennet (D-CO) and Kaine (D-VA) announced the introduction of the Medicare-X Choice Act. They see the bill as a way to achieve universal health care. It is the 3rd iteration of the bill and changes are that it is closer aligned with Biden campaign’s health care plan. The prospects are unclear at this moment. Notably, the bill directs the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to study the impact of covering services, such as dental, on the health market.
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