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Is dental care part of the health care package?  I haven't heard it mentioned at all.  I have a health care provider and I am going to be paying extra for dental care.  I am able to pay this because I work and plan for what I need.  But in all the health care arguements and headlines, I see no consideration to dental care.

I think that's pretty interesting. Dental insurance is a hole in many of our insurance policies.  Dental problems are often the reason for a lot of health care issues.  However, insurance companies have been able to overlook providing adequate dental policies to a large population of Americans.

Alaska has dental costs that are sky high.  My next appointment will cost me $2000 and about $20 of that will come back to my pocket in insurance reimbursments.  I have a savings account.  I can pay for my dental bills.  Many people cannot.

I think that any healthcare package that ignores dental is merely a bandaid to quiet people into believeing that they are receiving something that will help them.  

If the government really wanted to reach the majority of people in this country, it would be looking at the dental issue.

In the meantime, I'll keep working, saving and paying for my teeth and insurance policy.  I am not expecting to receive anything from a governement sponsored healthcare.  If I were - I'd be looking at the dental policty.  I kind of think I wouldn't find it.

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Dental care coverage for low income children is available through the CHIP Health Care Program.  Unfortunately that wonít help you, Alison, but it does indicate that dental care is recognized as being a necessary part of a federally funded healthcare program.

I donít believe there are provisions for dental care in the current proposed healthcare legislation. But perhaps, as with the CHIP Program, it would be included at a later date.

Have you checked out private dental insurance for yourself? Itís not nearly as expensive as healthcare insurance.

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The single greatest thing anyone can do to improve their long-term health is to exercise regularly.

So how come the government isn't paying for our gym membership?


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Perhaps gym membership WILL be included, if there's anything left after helping the uninsured pay for their cancer drugs.
 
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