Posts for Dental Access Project

If Congress Doesn’t Invest in States Soon, People May Start Losing Oral Health Services

Individuals covered by Medicaid may start to lose needed health services – starting with cuts to oral health care – amidst state budget shortfalls due to lack of federal COVID-19 relief. Federal lawmakers must invest in states at this critical moment.

Coverage is Critical for Reducing Dental-Related ER-Use

The availability of Medicaid adult dental benefits varies by state and ranges widely from only covering emergency treatment in some states to full comprehensive care in others.

Bipartisan Support for Dental Therapy Grows

Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Endorses Dental Therapists

Oral Health Care Access in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

As many advocates shift focus to protecting the physical, emotional, and financial health of their communities during the coronavirus pandemic, we know that the need for access to critical dental care has not gone away.

Texas v. (the Oral Health of the) United States

Proactive policies that improve the ACA could build on its foundation and further improve access to dental care and oral health. Instead, the Trump administration’s position in Texas v. United States would tear away important gains in oral health.

Proposed changes to federal nutrition program would risk families' oral health

More than 750,000 people are at risk of losing critical nutrition assistance under a proposed rule from the Trump Administration that would make harmful changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

The Moral Imperative of Responsible Advocacy: An Educator’s Perspective on Dental Therapy

I teach an introductory dental public health course for first-year dental students. The course encourages students to use the scientific literature as the basis for developing evidence-based solutions to public health problems.

A Partnership to Expand Oral Health Justice

We are launching the National Partnership for Dental Therapy to make access to oral health care for all a reality.

Gov. Snyder signs bill authorizing dental therapists, expanding access to care for Michiganders

On December 26, Michigan became the eighth state, and the second in 2018, to authorize dental therapists.
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