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A State of Decay Report Underscores Need for Advocacy, Community Engagement in Virginia

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Sign-on to Support an Adult Medicaid Dental Benefit

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CCC+ Includes Limited Adult Dental Benefits

Author: Lauren Gray
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Health Policy Update: Virginia's 2017 Session, ACA Repeal and Medicaid

Congressional Republicans released a summary of their proposed ACA replacement. While no bill has been filed, the policy brief provides a snapshot of key components. The proposal repeals the individual mandate, makes no mention of pre-existing conditions and repeals most taxes and fees which provide funding for the components of the ACA. The proposal does not provide any details about how the Republicans will pay for the programs outlined.

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Enhancing Education and Wellness through Oral Health Integration

A medical-dental team shares their approach to improving public health by integrating oral health education into clinical curriculum and community outreach.

I recently participated in the collaborative leadership program SYNC™ with a team of fellow colleagues from the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM), Kay Lucas, RN, MEd, EDS, and Watson Edwards, BSN, and Lawrence Kyle, DDS, a local dentist in Blacksburg, with scholarship support from the Virginia Oral Health Coalition.  We chose to join the SYNC™ program to develop a multidisciplinary approach to improve oral health medical education, community education and, ultimately, care within communities, through interactive community outreach.  

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