Kaiser Family Foundation July 28, 2021

Analysis Takes In-Depth Look at Dental Benefits Provided by Medicare Advantage Plans, the Leading Source of Dental Coverage for Medicare Beneficiaries

Many people enrolled in Medicare go without dental care, especially beneficiaries of color, according to a new KFF analysis of dental coverage and costs for people with Medicare.

Almost half of all Medicare beneficiaries (47%) did not have a dental visit within the past year as of 2018, the analysis finds, with rates higher among those who are Black (68%) or Hispanic (61%) compared to White beneficiaries (42%). Rates were also higher among those who have low incomes (73%), or who are in fair or poor health (63%). The data pre-date the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and do...

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