Virginia Oral Health Coalition

Excellent Oral Health for ALL Virginians

In This Issue
Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat to Present
Give to the Coalition
CDHP Seeks Exec Dir
Oral Health Legislation
Of Interest

Save the Date: Friday, October 26

2012 Oral Health Summit

The 2012 Oral Health Summit will address the integral links between oral health and overall health.


JeffcoatAmong the expert faculty, Dr. Marjorie Jeffcoat will present her research on the relationship between periodontal disease and diabetes, preterm birth and heart disease.


Sponsor and exhibit opportunities are available now through August 3.


Click here to learn more about the benefits of supporting this great event.


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Give to the Coalition


The Virginia Oral Health Coalition is thankful for the generousity of our supporters.


Please consider making a secure, online donation to support our extensive advocacy, education and programmatic efforts. 



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CDHP Seeks Executive Director


The Children's Dental Health Project is seeking an Executive Director to help advance their vision of oral health for all children.


Click here to view the job description. 

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July 2012 Bulletin

Oral Health Legislation in Virginia


The Coalition has been closely following federal and state legislation as it relates to oral health services, insurance and access. The following are updates on several key legislative pieces that affect oral health care for Virginians.


Virginia Department of Health Dental Clinics

During Virginia's 2012 legislative session, the Senate Finance Committee identified the Coalition, along with other statewide organizations, as part of a stakeholder group that will evaluate the sustainability and efficiency of Virginia Department of Health (VDH) dental clinics. Next week, Coalition leadership will attend the first stakeholder meeting convened by the Commissioner of Health to begin working on a transition plan for these clinics. The Coalition advocated to restore funding to the dental clinics and will work to ensure that critical access to dental care in underserved areas is not lost.


Medicaid Expansion in Virginia

VA FlagFollowing the Supreme Court ruling, Virginia no longer has to accept the Medicaid expansion that would extend coverage to 425,000 adults. In a July 10 letter to legislators, Governor McDonnell indicated that he had more questions regarding the Medicaid expansion and creation of a health benefits exchange in Virginia.


What does this mean for oral health?


The Medicaid expansion would bring a limited emergency extraction dental benefit to newly qualified adults up to 133% of the federal poverty line (FPL). For perspective, a single person working full-time on a minimum wage salary would be at the maximum income limit to receive this Medicaid benefit. Moreover, if Medicaid is not expanded or expanded to less than 133% FPL, individuals who fall between 30% FPL and 133% FPL could be caught without insurance in a virtual "donut hole" where they are ineligible for state coverage and may not be able to purchase insurance in Virginia's health benefits exchange.


Hospital SignHospitals - especially those with high uninsured patient populations - will also be affected. In lieu of an anticipated expansion in the number of Medicaid-insured patients, the ACA directs disproportionate share or "DSH" funding to be cut by 50%. This funding is critical for hospitals who see many indigent patients to offset the expense of treating the uninsured. If Medicaid is not expanded in Virginia, the fate of DSH funding and the affected hospitals is unknown.


Furthermore, current research suggests that the primary reason for ER visits is preventable, dental-related emergencies. While limited, the emergency extraction dental benefit under the Medicaid expansion will certainly keep some patients out of the ER where treatment is less costly and more effective. 


Learn more about why the Medicaid expansion is essential for Virginians 


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Of Interest

Oral Health and Overall Health
Smile CircleOral health and overall health are fundamentally intertwined. The following links present current information on how oral health affects other conditions in the body.



Virginia Dental Association Offers New Online CE Course

Online EducationThe Virginia Dental Association, in partnership with the Lucy Corr Foundation, is now offering a free, online CE course entitled, "An Interdisciplinary Approach to Oral Health Care in the Geratric Population." The course offers CE credit for dentists, physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians and nursing home administrators.


Using Organizational Science to Design Effective Interprofessional Education

Researchers from VCU School of Medicine have proposed using organizational science to better understand how healthcare teams function within complex healthcare systems, in order to design more effective interprofessional education.



Rural Virginians: Your Input is Needed! 

The Virginia Public Health Association and the Virginia Rural Health Association are planning the 2012 Virginia Rural Health Action Conference on October 8-9 in Charlottesville, and they need your input to help identify the most relevant issues for rural Virginians.


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