The Pierce County Oral Health Coalition (PCOHC) is pleased to announce that its monthly September meeting will be hosted by Community Health Care (CHC) and held at their Hilltop Regional Health Center. The event will include a presentation on their Dental Residency Program within a Community Health Care Setting, and a tour of CHC’s new Hilltop facility.
Invitation: PCOHC September 2014 Flyer
1202 Martin Luther King Jr. Way
Tacoma, WA 98405
Community Room (1st Floor)
Time: 1-3 p.m.
CE: 1 CE available
Lunch will be provided, including vegetarian options. Please RSVP by September 8, at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking: Parking is available in the CHC parking lot behind the Hilltop Regional Health Center, or on the street.
Project Homeless Connect and its Day of Resources arrives in Gig Harbor next month. The Pierce County Dental Society, along with other Pierce County Oral Health Coalition partners, will provide dental assessments and treatment triage at the Project Homeless Connect event on August 22, 2014. The upcoming activity will be held from 11:00 AM- 4:00 PM at the LDS Church, 12002 Peacock Hill Avenue NW, Gig Harbor, WA 98335. Please share this Flyer and event information with community members as appropriate.
Washington State has a reason to smile as the nation’s leader in the percentage of babies and preschoolers from low-income families getting dental care.
According to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, 54% of Medicaid-eligible young children are receiving oral care in Washington, a rate higher than any other state. (For more information, see the May 9 story in the Puget Sound Business Journal: A reason to smile: Washington leads nation in access to dental care for low-income kids.)
In Pierce County, the percentage of Medicaid-eligible children accessing dental care has increased steadily since implementation of the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program. The ABCD Program focuses on oral health education and early dental care for children ages 5 and under. In 2012, the percentage of Medicaid-eligible Pierce County children accessing dental care was just over 45%. Data and Medicaid dental reports are available on the Health Care Authority website.
While the above is good news, the challenge and opportunity exist, both State and county-wide, to connect the remaining percentages of Medicaid-eligible kids to dental care at least once a year. As a community, we can help by sharing the following oral health messages:
- Oral health is an essential component of overall health.
- Children should have a dental visit by first tooth or first birthday.
- Dental disease is both preventable and treatable. Early oral health education and intervention are cost-effective health measures, and key to prevention of dental disease.
- The ABCD program makes dental care possible for low-income children ages 0-5. Find Pierce County ABCD and dentist referral information here.
- Pierce County has many dental care providers, including many Pierce County Oral Health Coalition partners, who accept children, ages 0-18 who have WA Apple Health (Medicaid) insurance. Find low cost Pierce County dental providers here.
The Pierce County Dental Society, along with other Pierce County Oral Health Coalition partners, will provide dental assessments and treatment triage at the Project Homeless Connect / Puyallup event on May 7, 2014. The upcoming activity will be held at the Washington State Fairgrounds. Please share the event information with community members as appropriate.
For individuals seeking to enroll for health and dental insurance through the state-run insurance exchange called Washington Healthplanfinder, the deadline is March 31. (Questions about dental coverage under the Affordable Care Act for persons 18 years of age and younger and the expansion of state Medicaid to cover adults can be found on the coalition’s page here.)
According to the exchange’s web site, plans purchased by 11:59 p.m. on March 31, will be effective May 1, 2014. The next open enrollment period will be Nov. 15, 2014, to Feb. 15, 2015.
Those who qualify for Medicaid, also known as Apple Health in Washingtion state, may continue to enroll throughout the year.
An FAQ page has been published by Healthplanfinder to answer questions the public, providers, and others may have about the deadlines, exceptions, and situations for persons not sure about their applications’ status.