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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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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

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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Pediatricians Role in Comprehensive Health Care

The saying goes “it takes a village to raise a child,” and National Children’s Dental Health Month is a great time to consider the important role medical providers play in helping keep a child healthy and happy, and ways to strengthen that role to improve comprehensive health. Pediatricians play a vital role in a child’s…

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Policy Priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session

The 2019 legislative is underway in Richmond. The Coalition staff is excited about several bills put forward to improve access to oral health care. Be sure to join us on January 30 for our Legislative Action Day and share your support for three bills we’re watching closely: Study on Emergency Room Dental Visits (Item 281 #1s,…

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Medicare Dental Bill Introduced – How it Could Affect Virginians

Earlier this month Maryland Senator Ben Cardin introduced The Medicare Dental Benefit Act of 2019 that will, if enacted, add a dental benefit in Medicare Part B. This is a terrific policy step to help ensure Medicare beneficiaries have equitable access to comprehensive care. As a federal program, Medicare provides medical coverage and pharmacy services…

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Guest Blog: VCU Dental Resident Addresses Health Needs for Patients with Special Health Care Needs

Cole Staines contributed the guest blog below, he is a Pediatric Dental Resident at Virginia Commonwealth University.   As a pediatric dental resident at VCU, I recently took part in the Virginia Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (VA-LEND) program that trains future leaders in the field of childhood neurodevelopment. The training included interactive seminars, clinical and community-based…

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2018 Year in Review

I’ve been making a list (and checking it twice!) of all the good that happened in 2018 to improve health for Virginians! Between expanding Medicaid eligibility to enable 400,000 low-income Virginians to access coverage to the largest Virginia Oral Health Summit yet, 2018 was a big year. As all of us begin to think about…

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Understanding Billing and Benefits for Medallion and CCC+

This fall is an exciting time in Virginia as hundreds of thousands of new Virginians enroll in Medicaid health plans. As you know, nearly 400,000 Virginia adults now have access to medical coverage, thanks to Medicaid expansion. What you may not know, however, is that several Medicaid health plans (known as managed care organizations or “MCOs”)…

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