Dental Coverage in Medicare
Presented by Meredith Freed, MPP
Senior Policy Analyst - Kaiser Family Foundation
Course Description: Medicare, the national health insurance program for more than 62 million older adults and younger beneficiaries with disabilities, does not generally cover dental care, and many people on Medicare have no dental coverage at all. Some Medicare beneficiaries have access to dental coverage through other sources, such as Medicare Advantage plans, but the scope of dental benefits, when covered, varies widely and is often quite limited. This presentation will describe the state of dental coverage in Medicare and share data on dental use and out-of-pocket spending among Medicare beneficiaries.
Objectives: At the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:
Meredith Freed is a Policy Analyst with KFF’s Program on Medicare Policy. She performs research and analysis on a broad range of issues related to Medicare and the population it serves, including oral health, Medicare Advantage, prescription drug costs, and Medicare spending and financing.
Prior to joining the KFF, she was a Senior Research Assistant at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, where she worked on a wide variety of projects related to FDA regulation.
Meredith holds a Master of Public Policy degree from Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
This speaker has declared no commercial conflict of interest relative to this presentation.