Excellent Oral Health for ALL Virginians

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AT&T Foundation Supports Coalition
Virginia Organizations Awarded CMS Funding
2013 Oral Health Summit
Of Interest
AT&T Foundation Supports Coalition, Children's Oral Health


The AT&T Foundation recently contributed $20,000 to the Coalition to support the Virginia Dental Home Initiative (VDHI) program and ongoing operations.  The goal of the VDHI program is to reduce the risk of preventable dental disease by increasing the number of young children receiving dental care and creating new, early dental care providers and advocates.
Thank you, AT&T Foundation!
The next VDHI training will be held Friday, October 4 in Roanoke. Look for registration info to arrive via email in September.  



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Please check with your HR department to find out if your gift can be matched. 



August 2013 Newsletter

Virginia Organizations Awarded CMS Funding to Assist with Exchange Enrollment 


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently awarded two Virginia organizations - the Virginia Poverty Law Center and Advanced Patient Advocates, LLC - to staff and train "navigators" who will assist individuals seeking to enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace, also known as the Exchange, as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


InterviewThe Virginia Poverty Law Center will work with a statewide consortium of nine well-established legal services programs in the Commonwealth.  Additionally, Advance Patient Advocates, LLC, will work with medical centers to identify uninsured individuals and provide education and assistance to help them make informed decisions about enrollment in the Exchange.


Virginia's Exchange will be operated by the federal government and will serve as an online marketplace for consumers to purchase qualified health and dental plans. Navigators have an essential role in guiding consumers through the enrollment process - including what, if any, dental insurance is purchased. 


The ACA mandates that a pediatric dental benefit is offered in the Exchange, but does not require consumers to purchase this benefit.  In Virginia, consumers have three options for purchasing a pediatric dental benefit (as well as family and individual dental plans) - the options include: a stand-alone dental plan; a qualified health plan partnered with a dental plan; and, a dental benefit embedded within a qualified health plan.  Consumer costs may vary depending on how plans manage deductibles and cost sharing.


The Coalition intends to work closely with the navigators and other consumer advocates to underscore the importance of an oral health benefit.  If you have any questions about oral health in the ACA, please contact Sarah Bedard Holland, Coalition executive director, at 804.269.8721.


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2013 Oral Health Summit: The Future of Oral Health Delivery


Mark your calendar to attend the 2013 Virginia Oral Health Summit on Friday, November 8 in Richmond.  This year's Summit will focus on the future of oral health delivery, with ample opportunity for attendees to participate in crafting innovative new solutions to increase access to oral health services for Virginians.  Thank you to the 2013 Premier sponsors, DentaQuest, LLC, and Delta Dental of Virginia.


Dr. Marcia Brand

Dr. Marcia Brand, Deputy Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will offer the keynote address on how the practice of health care is transforming through collaboration.


A plenary breakfast session, sponsored by Cigna, will also be held immediately prior to the Summit for human resources professionals and business leaders to discuss how utilization of dental benefits can improve health outcomes and save costs.  Dr. William Hazel, Virginia Secretary of Health and Human Resources, will give welcome remarks.


Registration information will arrive in your Inbox after the holiday weekend.  If you're not on our newsletter list, be sure to sign up to receive the latest Summit updates.  Sponsorship and exhibit opportunities are still available as well.  Contact Esther Wong Hershman for sponsorship details and Samantha Dorr for all other Summit inquiries at 804.269.8720.


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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 is connected to overall health well-being.  





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