|Title||Dental care coverage and retirement.|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2010|
|Authors||Manski, RJ, Moeller, JF, Schimmel, J, St Clair, PA, Chen, H, Magder, LS, Pepper, JV|
|Journal||J Public Health Dent|
|Date Published||2010 Winter|
|Keywords||Aged, Employment, ethnicity, Female, Humans, Income, Insurance, Dental, Male, Middle Aged, Models, Statistical, Multivariate Analysis, Retirement, United States|
OBJECTIVES: To examine the convergence of an aging population and a decreased availability of dental care coverage using data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS).
METHODS: We calculate national estimates of the number and characteristics of those persons age 51 years and above covered by dental insurance by labor force, retirement status, and source of coverage. We also estimate a multivariate model controlling for potentially confounding variables.
RESULTS: We show that being in the labor force is a strong predictor of having dental coverage. For older retired adults not in the labor force, the only source for dental coverage is either a postretirement health benefit or spousal coverage.
CONCLUSIONS: Dental care, generally not covered in Medicare, is an important factor in the decision to seek dental care. It is important to understand the relationship between retirement and dental coverage in order to identify the best ways of improving oral health and access to care among older Americans.
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|Alternate Journal||J Public Health Dent|
|PubMed Central ID||PMC2864343|
|Grant List||U01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States |
R01 AG026090-01A2 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 DE021678 / DE / NIDCR NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG026090 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
R01 AG026090-03 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States