DentaQuest Institute’s Dr. Natalia Chalmers co-chaired an Academy Health Oral Health webinar with the ADA’s Dr. Marko Vujicic on January 24, 2017. Policy experts discussed what dental care might look like under U.S. President Donald Trump and the new Congress during a January 24 webinar. The webinar featured five high-level panelists with expertise in health policy, economics, dentistry, and public health. The panelists included:
Lisa Simpson, MB, BCh, MPH, FAAP, President and CEO, AcademyHealth
Benjamin Sommers, MD, PhD, Associate Professor of Health Policy & Economics Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital / Harvard Medical School
Burton Edelstein, MPH, DDS, Professor of Dental Medicine and Health Policy & Management Columbia University Medical Center, Senior Fellow in Public Policy, Children's Dental Health Project, Washington DC
Thomas Buchmueller, PhD, Waldo O. Hildebrand Professor of Risk Management and Insurance, Professor and Chair of Business Economics and Public Policy, University of Michigan's Ross School of Business
John E. McDonough, DrPH, MPA, Professor of Public Health Practice, Department of Health Policy & Management, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director, Center for Executive and Continuing Professional Education
Theresa Pablos, on Dr. Bicuspid.com blog writes, “the discussion largely centered on why dentistry wasn't included as an essential benefit for adults when the ACA was created, and what might happen to the dental coverage that does exist with the Republican party's push to repeal and replace the law. The panelists were particularly concerned about children's dental benefits if the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is repealed and replaced.” The webinar, including presentation slides and Q&A answers, can be found here.