Dental Benefit may be Added to Medicare
The bill, HR 5396 introduced by Rep. Jim McDermott(D-WA), if passed and signed into law would allow Medicare enrollees dental, vision and hearing benefits.
Dental services may include:
- Emergency care for pain and infection relief
- Two preventive dental cleanings per year
- Some basic services such as fillings, crowns and dentures
- Some root canal and extraction services
Medicare is coverage for seniors age 65 and older, which represents the second largest population group in the country. If Medicare coverage goes into effect these patients have a choice to go to a dentist who has opted in as a Medicare provider or pay out of pocket as usual. Because most of this population is living on a fixed income, which do you suppose they would choose?