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Brushing Up On Oral Health
Industry News and Updates for Colorado
Grant Updates
The Foundation of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry is accepting applications for its 2016 Healthy Smiles, Healthy Children grants. HSHC is committed to supporting community-based initiatives providing dental homes to children whose families cannot afford dental care through its grants targeting children up to age 18. Click here for more information.ded
Save the Date!
August 6 - Wisconsin Oral Health Coalition is hosting a webenar called "Making Fluoridation Part of the Conversation" that will focus on communication strategies and resources intended to prepare health professionals and water operators to have comfortable, productive conversations with patients and residents on the benefits and myths surrounding CWF. Click here to register.
In the News
Supreme Court Allows Nationwide Health Care Subsidies - New York Times - The Supreme Court ruled that President Obama‘s health care law allows the federal government to provide nationwide tax subsidies to help poor and middle-class people buy health insurance  Click here to read the full article. 
Policy and Legislative Updates
(IMPORTANT NOTICE!) DentaQuest sent out a notice that an across-the-board rate increase and a targeted rate increase were approved for the Colorado Medicaid dental fee schedule by the Legislature and signed by the Governor as part of the 2015-2016 state budget process. The dental program will publish the Medicaid dental fee schedule on the DentaQuest Colorado Provider website and portal soon. Rates will be effective and implemented on July 1, 2015. Here is a link to the fax with more information. 
Colorado Department of Health Care Policy & Finance is reminding providers that existing Colorado Medicaid and CHP+ providers must undergo revalidation prior to March 31, 2016. Click here for more detailed information and an infographic you can use. You can also stay ahead of the curve by using their handy checklist to prepare. 
In Case You Missed It 
Campaign for Dental Health Newsletter recapped some of the industry's important updates and news in its May newsletter
Children's Dental Health Project recently ran a blog that reminds us that oral health literacy is alermingly low and offers easy ways to share resources using social media. 
Qualis Health published a new white paper that makes the case for incorporating preventive oral healthcare as a component of routine medical care and structuring referrals to dentistry.
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