LIBERTY Dental Plan (“LIBERTY”) announces the launch of the new “Community Smiles” Program to help our Florida Medicaid enrollees address barriers to health and connect to free or reduced-cost community resources.
Research shows the Social Determinants of Health, which include a variety of behavioral and environmental factors, serve as barriers to health and may have a greater impact on health outcomes than health care. These barriers – such as a lack of transportation and childcare – can also prevent enrollees from accessing their dental benefits and adhering to treatment plans, which contribute to poor oral health, untreated dental disease, and missed days of work and school.
LIBERTY developed this initiative to support our enrollees and promote ‘whole person’ health. After the program’s initial launch in California and Nevada, thousands of enrollees took advantage of the opportunity to search for and connect with community programs, particularly housing, food, and health care