Public health researchers are hoping lawmakers will add a dental benefit to Medicare as a way to reduce the costs of chronic diseases tied to poor oral health in the elderly, such as diabetes and pneumonia. The benefit could be financed through a $29 monthly premium that would cost Medicare $4.4 billion to $5.9 billion a year, or through a $7 monthly premium that would cost $12.8 billion to $16.2 billion a year, according to a 2016 study in Health Affairs.
Advocates: Medicare dental benefit could ease costs of chronic diseases
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