Oral Health America Announces Co-Sponsor of the American Dental Association for the 3rd Annual Medicare Symposium


CHICAGO, July 18, 2017 — Oral Health America (OHA) welcomes the American Dental Association (ADA) as co-sponsor for the 3rd Annual Medicare Symposium to be held July 19-20 in Alexandria, VA. The ADA joins the oral health community to seek better solutions for the more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day, the majority of whom have no dental coverage.

This series of symposia, initiated in 2015 by Oral Health America and the DentaQuest Foundation, is designed to bring together professionals from aging, public policy, dental and allied healthcare organizations with varying points of view to evaluate options for introducing a cost-effective, patient-centric dental benefit in Medicare.

The July invitation-only symposium, PART 3: Access for Older Adults – Advocating for Oral Health in Medicare, is an interactive conference driven by candid discussions, brainstorming and group activities to create a feasible path forward toward the addition of dental coverage in Medicare. Progress presentations since the 2016 symposium will be delivered including progress on alternative approaches being evaluated toward achieving a universal benefit in Medicare Part B and research completed by the three Medicare Working Groups: Policy & Procedure, Marketing & Communications, and Politics.

“During this two-day professional symposium, we will hear from state and national organizations working on minority health and aging issues,” explained Beth Truett, President and CEO of Oral Health America. “We are grateful to the ADA for helping to elevate the focus on health equity, especially for older Americans.”

Through this sponsorship, the American Dental Association will help OHA and the DentaQuest Foundation expand the symposium to 100 individuals. Mr. Kevin Prindiville, Executive Director, Justice in Aging, will keynote the event on Thursday, July 20, which will also include a presentation by Dr. David Preble, Vice President for the ADA’s Practice Institute.

“We are pleased to co-sponsor this important event,” said ADA President Gary L. Roberts, D.D.S. “The symposium will continue discussions regarding payment models and financing strategies for senior oral health, which are issues that are deeply important to older adults and also to ADA member dentists who want older adults to have access to high quality, affordable dental care.”


Cyndi Schu
Oral Health America
(312) 836-9900
[email protected]

OHA’s mission is to change lives by connecting communities with resources to drive access to care, increase health literacy, and advocate for policies that improve overall health through better oral health for all Americans, especially those most vulnerable. Through Smiles Across America®, which serves 501,000 children annually, the Wisdom Tooth Project®, which reaches tens of thousands of older adults, and the Campaign for Oral Health Equity, which prioritizes oral health alongside other chronic diseases, OHA helps Americans of all ages to have a healthy mouth and to understand the importance of oral health for overall health. For more information about Oral Health America, please visit oralhealthamerica.org.