Medicare Explained

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Medicare Explained

  1. 1. Medicare in Missouri (Explained, briefly)
  2. 2. <ul><li>So, let’s say you’re one of the 40 million Americans covered by Medicare, the single largest health insurance program in the country. </li></ul><ul><li>Now, you’re looking for Medicare to cover your dental expenses. </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Statistically speaking , if you’re already on Medicare , it means you’re already at risk for dental problems. </li></ul><ul><li>Consider this: </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>80% </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Of the total reports of tooth decay in Missouri, 80% occur among those who are on Medicare or are uninsured . </li></ul><ul><li>So you’re looking for help with that toothache. But there’s a problem: </li></ul>
  6. 6. <ul><li>71% </li></ul>
  7. 7. <ul><li>That’s the percentage of Missouri dentists who do not accept Medicare. </li></ul><ul><li>And here’s another bad number: </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>40 </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>More than 40 counties in Missouri do not have a dentist who accepts Medicare. </li></ul><ul><li>Why, you ask? </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>When you go to the dentist and pay using Medicare, the dentist is reimbursed using government funds. </li></ul><ul><li>However, for each dollar spent on treatment, the dentist only receives a small fraction of that dollar. </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Dentists say that their reimbursement rates are substantially lower than other doctors. </li></ul><ul><li>The rates are so low, dentists say they actually lose money treating patients with Medicare. </li></ul><ul><li>So let’s see where we are: </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>If your county is in red, it means that there is about 1 dentist per 10,000 people. </li></ul><ul><li>Yellow means 1 dentist per 5,000 to 7,500 people. </li></ul><ul><li>Green means 1 dentist per 2,500 to 5,000 people. </li></ul><ul><li>Blue means 1 dentist per 2,500 people or less. </li></ul>Look at this map.
  13. 13. <ul><li>But if your county is in white, it means that there are no dentists in your county. </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>So what’s the next step? Dentists say they want to treat everyone, but they do not want to lose money treating patients. </li></ul><ul><li>But if Medicare rates increase, they’ll be able to treat many more patients. </li></ul>
  15. 15. <ul><li>And worse: Boone County doesn’t have enough dentists. </li></ul><ul><li>There are less than 100 dentists here, but county residents will need about 376,896 visits each year. </li></ul><ul><li>At the current rate, each dentist would need to serve 4,297 patients per year. </li></ul>
  16. 16. <ul><li>Bringing more dentists to Boone County and the state of Missouri means creating dentist-friendly practices. </li></ul><ul><li>That’s where Chomp – and you – come in. </li></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>If you want to improve dentistry, then talk with us about your ideas and your goals. </li></ul><ul><li>Together, we might be able to create something better for Missourians. </li></ul>

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