Kaiser report: Dental should be part of healthcare reform

The Kaiser Foundation has released a report and video that call for coverage of preventive and primary oral health in any healthcare reform package developed by the U.S. Congress, according to a story in Psychiatric Services.

"Oral Histories: Report From a Dental Fair for Uninsured Adults" features interviews with attendees and providers at a weekend dental fair held in Virginia in April 2009, where more than 800 uninsured adults lined up outside a local high school for services provided by about 150 volunteer dental professionals.

In 2006, more than 100 million Americans were uninsured for oral healthcare for the full year, nearly three times the number who lacked health insurance, the report authors note.

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