- Recent Polling Shows Strong Support Among Voters for Medicare Oral Health Benefit
- Best Wishes from All of Us at the Center for Medicare Advocacy
The Center for Medicare Advocacy is pleased to share the results of new polling conducted by Morning Consult, which found that a large majority of respondents support including oral and dental health services as part of the traditional Medicare program. The Center has long advocated for a comprehensive oral health benefit in Part B of Medicare. This poll was conducted December 9-December 11, 2019 among a national sample of 1,000 older adults who are registered to vote. The interviews were conducted online. Results from the full survey have a margin of error of plus or minus 3 percentage points.
Some highlights from the poll:
- More than 9 in 10 (92%) reported awareness of the gap in Medicare coverage for dental.
- Of all the poll’s respondents, nearly half (45%) reported not having any form of dental insurance, with 33% of higher-income older adults ($100k+) and 51% of lower-income older adults (under $50k) reporting not having any coverage.
- After messaging, a strong majority of poll respondents (88%) support including oral and dental health services as part of the traditional Medicare program, with 66% expressing strong support.
- Nearly 7-in-10 (69%) older adults are more likely to vote to re-elect their Congressperson or Senator if they vote to make oral and dental health services available through Medicare.
More information on the Center’s work on oral health coverage in Medicare:
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Photo taken at the 2019 National Voices of Medicare Summit
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