The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF), an independent panel of experts that advises the federal government on the efficacy of preventive medical treatments, has released a draft research plan on oral health coverage for children and adults. The research will consider the impact of screening, referrals, behavioral counseling, and preventive interventions on oral health outcomes. The USPSTF gives its recommendations for coverage of preventative treatments with a letter grade from A to D, with only A and B recommending coverage. The task force also sends its recommendations to Congress, who then may choose to implement them through coverage in government programs like Medicare, Medicaid, and CHIP. Public comments on the proposal were due April 14.
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