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Virginia Files Resolution to Study Older Virginians' Access to Dental Care

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Sen. Barbara A. Favola (D-VA) has filed S.J.R. 240. The resolution directs the Joint Commission on Health Care (JCHC) to study older Virginians’ access to dental care. In conducting the study, the JCHC must consider and make recommendations regarding the following:

  • Enhancing efforts to educate Virginians, especially older adults, about oral health, including the connection between oral health and heart health.
  • Improving the availability of routine and preventive dental procedures for older adults in long-term care settings.
  • Expanding free and low-cost community dental clinic opportunities for older adults.
  • Providing dental services for adult Medicaid beneficiaries.
  • Identifying funding sources and service options to address the gaps that older Virginians face in accessing dental care.

According to the bill text as filed, the JCHC must complete its meetings by Nov. 30, 2015, and submit an executive summary of its findings and recommendations no later than the first day of the 2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly.

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