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Veteran Oral Health
Many veterans lack the oral health coverage and access they need to reach their full potential through optimal health. CareQuest Institute is beginning a journey to understand the scope of the problem, working with — and empowering — others to envision solutions.
In 2021, CareQuest Institute and the American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) partnered to begin exploring ways to improve veteran oral health care. The partnership will focus on studying the current state of veteran oral health and access to care and then developing data-driven recommendations informed by the veteran community. Both organizations believe that veterans need and deserve access to care in an integrated system that they have a voice in designing.
Further, many veterans do not qualify for dental care from Veterans Affairs unless they have a pre-existing dental condition, a disability, or were a prisoner of war. Additionally, Medicare only pays for certain dental services patients receive in the hospital and Medicaid provides limited or no adult dental benefits in several states.
CareQuest Institute and AIDPH will be publishing data and reports that highlight the need to provide this critical care to veterans.
Veteran Oral Health Reports
Veteran Oral Health: Expanding Access and Equity
A white paper that identifies strategic recommendations to improve access to and quality of care for veterans.