AADE is excited to announce a new bill that could help millions under Medicare affected by diabetes. HR 5768, the “Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act,” was recently introduced to the House of Representatives by Tom Reed (R-NY) and Diana DeGette (D-CO). This is a huge step to reduce the barriers to diabetes education as well as increase the potential for real impact.
Six University of Arkansas at Fort Smith students spent part of their recent semester working with researchers at the Arkansas College of Osteopathic Medicine (ARCOM) on projects that could also lead to new treatments of neurodegenerative diseases and cancers.
According to the UAFS, students Priscilla Devora, Christopher Mizell, Natalie Nguyen, Deborah Robertson, Brenda Rosales, and Mark Spradlin worked with with ARCOM faculty Brandy Ree and Lance Bridges to analyze proteins that could play a role in the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as how vitamin A derivates can be utilized as treatments for lymphoma.
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Maryland officials on Monday announced federal approval of a new contract for the state’s unique all-payer health care model.
Maryland is the only state that can set its own rates for hospital services, and all payers must charge the same rate for services at a given hospital. The policy has been in place since the 1970s, though Maryland modernized its one-of-a-kind Medicare waiver four years ago to move away from reimbursing hospitals on a fee-for-service basis to a fixed budget.
Every day, a school bus drops off as many as 45 children at a community eye clinic on Chicago’s South Side. Many of them are referred to the clinic after failing vision screenings at their public schools.
Clinicians and students from the Illinois College of Optometry give the children comprehensive eye exams, which feature refraction tests to determine a correct prescription for eyeglasses and dilation of their pupils to examine their eyes, including the optic nerve and retina.
This week, the House is expected to take up comprehensive legislation to restructure the VA Choice Program alongside other reforms to the VA. It is expected that the Senate will take up the bill shortly after in order to have something for the President to sign prior to the end of May, or when funding for the Choice program is expected to be exhausted. This proposal continues to recognize the important role of health centers in providing care to veterans by continuing to include health centers as eligible providers for veterans seeking care in the community. Here is a link to the bill and summary.
HHS Secretary Alex Azar touted the virtues of health centers in response to a question about the Trump administration’s rural health care strategy during last week’s testimony before the Senate Appropriation Committee. Among several positive notes during his testimony, Secretary Azar said “so our bipartisan support for the community health center program is, of course, vital to healthcare in the rural communities.” This is shows the Trump administration’s continued support for the Health Centers Program, and is another representation of the great work health centers do around the nation to keep 27 million patients. Click here to view footage of Secretary Azar’s testimony and learn more about the FY19 Trump administration budget (1:50:00).
Arkansas Works, the state’s updated version of Medicaid expansion that covers more than 280,000 people, goes live this summer. Arkansas’ expansion, once called the private option, has been in place since 2013. This March, the Trump administration approved new work requirement rules proposed by the state. The work requirement for the first group of Arkansas Works clients goes live June 1.
Arkansas Works provides health insurance to people below 138 percent of federal poverty level.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark., April 2, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Arkansans suffering dental pain and discomfort will find needed relief at the 2018 Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM) on April 27-28, 2018 at the Conway Expo Center in Conway, Arkansas.
ArMOM is an annual 2-day free dental clinic for underserved Arkansans started by the Arkansas State Dental Association. All services are provided free of charge by members of the ASDA, assisted by a host of volunteers and sponsors.
Volunteers of all types are needed, including hundreds of general volunteers and health professionals such as dentists, hygienists, dental assistants and pharmacists.
Children and adults of all ages are welcome to attend. Doors open at 6:00 a.m. each day for cleanings, fillings and extractions. Services are provided on a first-come, first-served basis. No income or eligibility requirements are necessary.
Since ArMOM started in 2007, over 20,000 patients have been treated in only 22 total clinic days. The number of procedures performed is staggering. With approximately 33,000 extractions of bad teeth and over 14,500 fillings and other restorations, ArMOM has donated an estimated $11,500,000 worth of free dental care to patients who might otherwise have no hope of receiving care.
Organized by the Arkansas State Dental Association, ArMOM is funded by several sponsors, including the Walmart Foundation and the Delta Dental of Arkansas Foundation. Sponsorships are still available.
For more information about the clinic, volunteering or sponsorships, please visit www.arkansasmissionofmercy.org or call 1-800-501-2732.
About Arkansas Mission of Mercy (ArMOM)
ArMOM is an annual two-day free dental clinic for underserved Arkansans sponsored by the Arkansas State Dental Association. All services are provided free of charge by members of the Arkansas State Dental Association, assisted by a host of volunteers. ArMOM provides dental care for the relief of pain to underserved Arkansans. For more information, visit arkansasmissionofmercy.org.
About Delta Dental of Arkansas
Delta Dental of Arkansas is the largest dental benefits provider in the state, helping more than 800,000 Arkansans keep their smiles healthy through commercial and Medicaid coverage. As a not-for-profit company, Delta Dental is committed to improving the oral health of Arkansans through the philanthropic efforts of its Foundation, which donated more than $3 million to support oral health education initiatives in the last year. For more information, visit deltadentalar.com.
Media Contact: Dave Hawsey
Delta Dental of Arkansas
(501) 813-2315 cell
SOURCE Delta Dental of Arkansas