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Elderly dental care needs better coverage

Some seniors and advocates aren’t willing to cover their mouths about the need for dental care.

But they want Medicare to.

A coalition of oral health organizations is urging senior citizens to mail toothbrushes to their legislators, sending a dual message about their numbers and their health: “We vote, and we have teeth.”

The goal: to get Medicare to cover preventive and regular dental services.

Right now, the government-sponsored health insurance program for seniors covers less than 1 percent of dental services. Although some supplemental policies do cover dental care, Medicare Parts A and B don’t.

Read more via Medicare: Seniors want dental care

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