50 Wishes for
Medicare’s Future

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Wish #1:
Add a dental benefit

Medicare Rights routinely hears the same question from beneficiaries and family caregivers—does Medicare cover dental? In most cases, the answer is no. Some Medicare Advantage (MA) plans have dental benefits, but often this coverage is limited and includes only routine care. Despite the fact that oral health is increasingly linked to overall health and wellbeing, there is little political will to fill this longstanding gap in health benefits for seniors and people with disabilities. Congress should add a comprehensive dental benefit to Original Medicare and to MA plans once and for all.