A Medicare Dental Benefit: No Longer a Just a Pipe Dream

A Medicare Dental Benefit: No Longer a Just a Pipe Dream

10:00AM - 11:15AM CT

The COVID-19 emergency and recession is forcing Americans to again focus on healthcare reform, and the odds of a major healthcare reform push in 2021 are growing. Speaker Pelosi advocates adding dental and vision benefits to Medicare, and four recent bills include a Medicare dental benefit. For the first time, a Medicare dental benefit is not a pipe dream. But will this benefit leverage leading private sector practices to deliver the best and most cost effective dental coverage for seniors?

Mike Adelberg, a former senior federal official who helped implement the Affordable Care Act and Medicare Part D, will discuss the potential for a Medicare dental benefit, the structure of the dental benefit in current Congressional bills, and how it might be structured to leverage best practices from the private sector. Adelberg will also consider the potential impact of a Medicare dental benefit on dental plans that participate in Medicare Advantage and offer stand-alone dental plans to the senior market.


Mike Adelberg
Principal, Faegre Drinker Consulting

Mike Adelberg is the leader of Faegre Drinker Consulting’s health care strategy practice. He brings unique insights into the processes, policies and people driving the major government health care programs—Medicare, Medicaid and “Obamacare” (the Affordable Care Act)—that provide health care to nearly half of all Americans. Before joining Faegre Drinker Consulting, Mike held several senior positions within the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), including concurrently serving as the director of the Insurance Programs Group and the acting director of the Exchange Policy and Operations Group in the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO). Read more about Mike’s experience in the public and private sectors online here.  

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