A Medicare Dental Benefit: No Longer a Just a Pipe Dream
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
10:00 AM - 11:05 AM 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.