Kidney failure and dialysis place patients at greater risk of dental problems. Such problems are likely to be exacerbated by side effects of immunosuppressive drugs. Infections in transplant recipients represent the most common postoperative complication. As a result, transplant centers commonly require dental clearances for transplant candidates. Many dialysis patients have health insurance that may cover a dental examination, but does not cover dental treatments necessary to remedy a dental problem that is found. This means many patients must pay out-of-pocket for dental treatment or rely on the help of charitable assistance, the funds of which may already be limited. A patient who has a living donor but can’t afford dental treatment cannot get a transplant, which further exacerbates of the problem of unequal access to transplants based on patients’ financial resources.
DPC Responds to Medicare’s Move Toward Medically Necessary Dental Care
DPC submitted a comment letter applauding the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for its announcement that it will cover dental work for kidney transplant candidates when oral health issues are a barrier to [...]
DPC’s Letter to Hon. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator for CMS, on Move Toward Medically Necessary Dental Care
August 25, 2022 Hon. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, Administrator Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 7500 Security Boulevard Baltimore, MD 21244 Re: CMS-1770-P (Section II.L.) Dear Administrator Brooks-LaSure: Dialysis Patient Citizens (DPC) writes to offer its [...]
Medicare Dental Coverage for Transplant Candidates May be on the Way
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is proposing expanded coverage of “medically necessary” dental treatment, including treatments necessary to qualify for an organ transplant. DPC and other consumer advocates have been pressing for [...]
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Happy Holidays and DPC’s Top 10 Accomplishments of 2019
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