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Adults with incomes below 100 percent of the federal poverty level (FPL) are three times more likely to have untreated tooth decay than adults with incomes above 400 percent of the FPL.
More than one third of poor elders have lost all their teeth – compared with 16 percent of those with incomes at or above 200 percent of the FPL. These and other facts come as reminders that poor oral health places a disproportionate burden upon poor adults in the United States, the nonpartisan Medicaid and CHIP Access and Payment Commission concluded in a report to Congress on the status of adult Medicaid benefits around the country.
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