Medicare Benefit Proposal

Medicare Dental Benefit Not Included in Package Passed by House of Representatives

(As of November 19, 2021) The U.S. House of Representatives voted to pass the “Build Back Better” legislative package (otherwise known as the Budget Reconciliation bill), without an expansion of dental benefits within the Medicare program. The legislation will now move to the Senate.

The ADA’s policy calls for any proposed dental benefit legislation to be sufficiently funded and efficiently administered. However, the Part B dental benefit proposed by Congressional Democrats would not meet that criteria. The ADA’s advocacy—including nearly 60,000 grassroots emails sent to Congress by dentists—helped ensure that the proposed Part B benefit was not included in the “Build Back Better” package passed by the House.

The Senate will now begin to consider the “Build Back Better” bill. As they do, the ADA remains committed to advocating for the ADA policy that works to ensure access to oral health care for low-income seniors.

We will continue to update you as the Senate deliberates on this legislation.  

Thank you for being an advocate!

ADA Medicare Q&A

As Congress looks at expanding the Medicare program to include dental care, ADA President Daniel J. Klemmedson, D.D.S., M.D., discusses what this could potentially mean for dentists and their patients in a new Q&A, according to ADA News.

Access the Q&A 

Talking Points on Medicare

These talking points were crafted by the ADA so Members are aware of the messaging related the the Medicare Benefits Plan. 

Talking Points Document

ADA Medicare Webinars

The ADA First District held two webinars about Medicare during the week of September 13. Members can access the webinars. 

Access Medicare Webinars

Medicare Basics

Presentation by ADA First District Trustee, Dr. Rich Rosato. You can download the PDF of the presentation, which is password protected and only available to members. 

Download Medicare Basics Presentation

ADA Communications to CMS and Congress

The ADA sent a letter to CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure on Tuesday, August 31, 2021 saying the dental profession is committed to addressing the oral health needs of all Americans -- including older Americans.

Letter to CMS
The ADA sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday, September 1, 2021  to help lawmakers understand the ADA's position on this issue. 

Letter to Congress