Millions of Americans denied dental coverage as Biden drops most Medicare changes


NEW YORK, U.S.: A proposal to expand Medicare could have provided millions of older Americans with free access to dental treatment, had President Joe Biden’s “Build Back Better” budget reconciliation bill not been watered down before being submitted to the House. Proposed changes to the insurance scheme included the provision of dental, vision and hearing benefits and had been dubbed a once-in-a-generation opportunity by health equity advocates. The American Dental Association (ADA) lobbied against including a dental benefit in Medicare and instead says it supports an income-tested dental benefit for seniors.
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