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Tuesday, November 27 • 3:30pm - 5:00pm
C-05 - Expanding Access to HIV Oral Health Care 301: Service Utilization and Costs for Program Replication

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Dental care is one of the greatest unmet needs among PLWHA. Dental insurance is not as common as medical coverage, and Medicaid dental coverage varies widely, with some States offering no coverage at all. The Affordable Care Act will expand access to health insurance but will not cover adult dental benefits. The Ryan White program is a vital source of oral health funding for PLWHA. This workshop will review oral health funding streams and provide tools to estimate the cost of ongoing and expanded oral health coverage for PLWHA. Some of the questions addressed include: What is the cost per person for dental care? What services should be covered? What is the difference in cost between serving new patients and ongoing patients?

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will describe public and private financing sources for oral health care.
  • Participants will identify strategies for purchasing cost-effective oral health services.
  • Particpants will use the cost and service utilization worksheets to estimate the costs of providing different scopes of service.


Helene Bednarsh, Ph.D.

Director HIV Dental, Boston Public Health Commission
Helene Bednarsh, RDH, MPH is the Director of the HIV Oral Health Reimbursement Program at the Boston Public Health Commission.

David Resnik

Oral Health Care: Models that Work; Information to Reduce Barriers to Assessing Care, Grady Hospital/Emory University
David Reznik, DDS., is a graduate of Emory College and Emory University School of Dentistry, and is currently the Director of the Oral Health Center of the Infectious Disease Program of Grady Health System in Atlanta, Georgia, a program he founded 21 years ago. Dr. Reznik also serves... Read More →

Carol Tobias

Director, Health and Disability Working Group
Ms. Tobias is the Director of the Health and Disability Working Group and Assistant Professor at theBoston University School of Public Health. She is also the Principal Investigator of the Evaluation and Support Center for the SPNS Initiative on increasing access to HIV oral health... Read More →

Tuesday November 27, 2012 3:30pm - 5:00pm EST
Washington 5

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