This policy brief offers a strategic framework as a starting point for collaborative efforts among the major stakeholders in the oral health care delivery system in Texas.
As the executive director at the Coalition of Texans with Disabilities (CTD), I interact with many people with disabilities. Poor oral health is endemic and obvious, particularly among adults with
Austin—Senator Lois W. Kolkhorst and Representative Joseph Deshotel recently filed bills, SB 1152 and HB 3145, in their respective chambers relating to Medicaid reimbursement for dental services provided to certain
The most recent evidence base suggests significant Medicaid cost savings associated with dental benefits for adults with disabilities.
COVID-19 has laid bare the vulnerability of our oral health system and compounded existing barriers leading to poor oral and overall health, especially for our at-risk populations. However, over the
With a health equity lens, through this brief, we seek to identify and uncover the impact of COVID-19 on the oral health needs, capacity, and infrastructure in Texas, highlight best-practices, and
The treatment of dental conditions in a hospital setting is an expensive for the patient, the healthcare system, and taxpayers.
The report provides a portrait of the oral disease burden in Texas and makes the case for a comprehensive public health approach to addressing oral health.