OEBB Cuts Drug Benefit, Increases Dental Fees to Keep Costs Down

The board tried to avoid cuts to teachers’ health benefits by encouraging them to shift to coordinated care, by cutting administrative costs and by offering more catastrophic plans, but some small benefit cuts were enacted for the next school year.

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board approved a list of creative solutions to keep the health benefits for the state’s teachers below the caps mandated by the Legislature.

Midlevel dental providers gain support from national organization

The Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) model that the tribe has endorsed has been used in many parts of the world, including Alaskan tribal areas, as a way of expanding services in poor, isolated and minority communities.

With dental care in short supply and oral disease rates high on tribal lands, Native American leader Brian Cladoosby recently announced that his Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in

Advantage Dental Wants State to Buy Dentures for New Medicaid Members

The Oregon Health Authority has strictly enforced a rule requiring members to get dentures six months after they lose their last tooth, effectively denying false teeth to newly insured members, some of whom have been left without any teeth for years.

New Oregon Health Plan members would not be forced to go toothless if a bill promoted by Advantage Dental becomes law.

Currently, people who receive dental care through the state Medicaid system only get their dentures six months after their last tooth was pulled.


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