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Guest Post: Virginia Medicaid has the Opportunity to Provide True Comprehensive Care by Including Dental Coverage

By Lauren Sawyer | Feb 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Guest Post: Virginia Medicaid has the Opportunity to Provide True Comprehensive Care by Including Dental Coverage

The following guest post is written by twelve health philanthropies from across Virginia. It is the first time these organizations have spoken out on a policy issue. It may surprise you to know that one of the biggest unmet needs in Virginia is dental care, but it doesn’t have to be. Dental care is not…

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Understanding the Public Charge Ruling and its Impact on the Health of Virginians

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Feb 25, 2020 | Comments Off on Understanding the Public Charge Ruling and its Impact on the Health of Virginians

Yesterday the Trump administration’s “public charge” rule took effect. The rule will affect approximately 10 million documented immigrants across the country, making it harder for immigrants to get a green card if they use public benefits like Medicaid or SNAP While there are legal challenges still moving forward regarding the rule, the Supreme Court in…

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A Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit will Improve Health AND save Virginia Money

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Feb 19, 2020 | Comments Off on A Medicaid Adult Dental Benefit will Improve Health AND save Virginia Money

This legislative session has seen a groundswell of support to add a comprehensive dental benefit for all adults enrolled in Medicaid. Statewide advocacy organizations, safety net clinics, and medical and dental providers have all advocated for a dental benefit. While the majority of decision-makers agree that oral health services are an important part of overall…

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Legislative Day Recap

By Chloe Van Zandt | Jan 28, 2020 | Comments Off on Legislative Day Recap

Today on January 28th, 2020 Virginia Health Catalyst hosted our annual Legislative Action Day, where constituents meet with their legislators to talk about the importance of oral health and advocate for an adult dental benefit in Medicaid. Thank you to all who attended and to all of our partners who shared this important day with…

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DMAS Study Highlights Need for Dental Benefit

By Lauren Sawyer | Dec 11, 2019 | Comments Off on DMAS Study Highlights Need for Dental Benefit

A study released today by the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (DMAS) found a high usage of the emergency department (ED) for dental issues among Medicaid recipients. Currently, Virginia’s Medicaid program does not provide a comprehensive dental benefit for all enrollees. In 2018, nearly 16,000 Medicaid recipients visited the ED roughly 19,000 times for…

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What Happens In Vegas…

By Brita Bergland | Nov 18, 2019 | Comments Off on What Happens In Vegas…

Virginia Health Catalyst serves as a statewide convener and trusted advisor on oral health integration; we do not, however, provide direct care in communities. Because of this, we rely on our incredible partners across the state to lift up “boots on the ground” issues like challenges at the clinic, barriers to accessing care, and policy…

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Virginia Health Catalyst strongly supports water fluoridation

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Aug 26, 2019 | Comments Off on Virginia Health Catalyst strongly supports water fluoridation

A recent study in JAMA Pediatrics examined prenatal fluoride exposure in Canadian mothers and a possible link to their child’s IQ score and fluoride consumption. Researchers found that a higher amount of fluoride in the urine of pregnant women was associated with a lower IQ score in boys born to them.  There was no association…

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Introducing Virginia Health Catalyst: The Intersection of Overall Health and Oral Health

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Aug 21, 2019 | Comments Off on Introducing Virginia Health Catalyst: The Intersection of Overall Health and Oral Health

I’m excited to announce the next era of the Virginia Oral Health Coalition – Virginia Health Catalyst. This is a pivotal moment for our work, and the decision to change our name to Virginia Health Catalyst came from collaborative and thoughtful discussions with our board, staff, and partners. As we began to update our strategic…

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Rev Your Bev Q&A – Promoting Water in Our Communities

By Lauren Sawyer | Apr 22, 2019 | Comments Off on Rev Your Bev Q&A – Promoting Water in Our Communities

On May 9, Virginia schools, healthcare providers, community centers, and more will host events as part of the annual Rev Your Bev Day. Since 2013, Rev Your Bev has hosted more than 1,800 events across the commonwealth to get Virginia’s children drinking water over sugar sweetened beverages. As health advocates we know the importance of…

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2019 Legislative Session Recap

By Sarah Bedard Holland | Feb 27, 2019 | Comments Off on 2019 Legislative Session Recap

The 2019 session was a ‘short’ session (legislative sessions alternate between short sessions, which are six weeks, and long sessions which are 8 weeks), which means a lot of legislation was reviewed in a short amount of time.  Overall I think the commonwealth made strides toward more equitable access to quality, comprehensive health care through…

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