Funder(s)

Russell Sage Foundation

Funding ID

#1908-17412

Description/Abstract

Older adult Medicare recipients face high out-of-pocket dental expenses due to a lack of appropriate dental care coverage. Older adults with lower socioeconomic status tend to have worse oral health, less dental insurance coverage, greater difficulties finding a dentist, and low-quality care. This brief details the experiences socioeconomically disadvantaged older adults face in obtaining appropriate and affordable dental care and calls on Congress to include preventative and restorative dental care as part of the federal funding agenda.

Document Type

Research Brief

Keywords

Dental Care, Older Adults, Medicare, Health Policy

Disciplines

Dental Public Health and Education | Gerontology | Health Policy | Public Policy | Sociology

Date

11-23-2021

Language

English

Acknowledgements

This work was supported in part by Grant #1908-17412 from the Russell Sage Foundation. Any opinions expressed are those of the principal investigator(s) alone and should not be construed as representing the opinions of the Foundation. Our thanks to Claire Pendergrast, Sarah Reilly, Winston Scott, and Rebecca Wang for assistance with conducting interviews. Our thanks to Nicole Replogle, Shannon Monnat, and Lerner Center staff editorial assistance.

Creative Commons License

Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

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