Share Your Voice!

Tell Congress to strengthen Medicare and Medicaid by including and strengthening oral health coverage.

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Step 1: Contact your members of Congress
Step 2: Share your story
Step 3: Spread the word

Medicare Messaging Toolkit

Email Template

Email Template 

Dear [colleagues, patients, friends],

I am writing to urge you to join me in fighting to strengthen Medicare for our nation’s older adults and people with disabilities by adding comprehensive dental coverage to the program. 

Health care, including oral health care, is a key determinant of economic stability, social connectedness, and overall wellness. Poor oral health leads to poor overall health outcomes and higher health care costs, especially for those with chronic diseases, mental illness, and other conditions that impact us as we age. And yet, our health care system has made it nearly impossible for Medicare beneficiaries to access the essential oral health care they need. 

The lack of an oral health benefit in Medicare means that more than 24 million older adults and people with disabilities do not have dental coverage. These are disproportionately Black, Indigenous, Hispanic and other people of color, those with disabilities, and those living in rural communities who are left without access to the affordable care they need to maintain overall health. In fact, in the last year, 7 out of 10 Black Medicare beneficiaries and 6 out of 10 Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries did not see a dentist, and 20% of rural seniors have not seen a dentist in more than five years.  

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talking points

Talking Points

  • Oral health care is essential health care.
  • Poor oral health leads to poor overall health outcomes and higher health care costs, especially for those with chronic diseases, mental illness, and other conditions that impact us as we age.
  • And yet, today more than 24 million Medicare beneficiaries do not have access to critical oral health coverage.
  • Lack of oral health coverage in Medicare is disproportionately impacting marginalized communities. For example, in the last year 7 out of 10 Black Medicare beneficiaries and 6 out of 10 Hispanic Medicare beneficiaries did not see a dentist, and 20% of rural older adults have not seen a dentist in more than 5 years.  
  • This is a bipartisan issue. In fact, nearly 90% of Democrats and 80% of Republicans favor adding dental coverage to Medicare. 
  • Will you commit to helping millions of older adults and people with disabilities get access to necessary oral health care by supporting the inclusion of a comprehensive dental benefit in Medicare? 

social media

Social Media

Use these sample social posts to engage with your members of Congress online.

Act now! Ask your elected officials to include comprehensive #dental coverage in #Medicare. Because #oralhealth is health! www.carequest.org/medicaredental

@INSERT HANDLE will you support our seniors by adding dental, vision, and hearing coverage to #Medicare?

#DYK that adding a #dental, vision, and hearing coverage to #Medicare is supported by 84% of voters? #wholepersonhealth

Nearly 90% of Democrats and 80% of Republicans favor adding #dental coverage to #Medicare! https://morningconsult.com/2021/06/30/health-care-proposals-reconciliation-bill-polling/

#Oralhealth is health! It’s time to include comprehensive #dental coverage in #Medicare

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