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Health Share adds dental coverage

Oregon Health Plan members can now choose between eight plans

Beginning this month, Health Share of Oregon — the state's largest coordinated care organization — will take a step forward in fully integrated health care delivery by offering the Oregon Health Plan members it serves a choice of eight dental plans.

Research shows a direct connection between oral health and chronic physical ailments, including diabetes, osteoporosis and heart disease. Integrating the dental care system with physical and mental health care delivery has been a key goal of the Oregon Health Authority.

"Our new dental partners have a wealth of knowledge and ideas they bring to our health reform efforts," said Janet L. Meyer, chief executive officer for Health Share. "This is a significant step forward as we work with them to explore how we begin to integrate dental care, whether it's through the delivery of care, shared health information or other means."

Health Share is contracting with eight dental care plans to provide coverage to its more than 165,000 members: Access Dental Care, Capitol Dental Care, CareOregon Dental, Family Dental Care, Kaiser Permanente Dental, Managed Dental Care of Oregon, ODS Community Health Dental Plan and Willamette Dental Group.

Health Share of Oregon serves Washington, Clackamas and Multnomah counties and is the largest of the state's new coordinated care organizations. Health Share's primary objective is to achieve better care, better health and lower costs for the Medicaid population and for the region.

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