One aspect of a recent bill in Congress is a proposal to include dental coverage for Medicare members. This could potentially be huge for the elderly and people with disabilities – for whom dental care can be a major out-of-pocket expense – but not everyone is on board with the plan.
Dental care can be expensive, so this benefit would offer sometimes life-saving dental care to 60 million people who otherwise likely couldn’t afford it. But it's costly, which is the main reason the American Dental Association (ADA) isn't a fan of the proposal.
The ADA doesn’t believe that Medicare will pay out enough to cover how expensive the coverage will be. But no matter the price, the least fortunate Americans still deserve equal care. And this is a great step in that direction.
Dental care is a necessity. Congress shouldn’t be debating who deserves care and who doesn’t. All people – those on Medicare and those who aren’t – should have access to dental care!