In November 2011, two media outlets ran stories on House Bill 1310. HB 1310 was introduced in the 2011 legislative session and would create two new practitioners: a dental therapist and an advanced dental therapist. WSDA remains opposed to HB 1310 and voiced concerns about the bill in both articles. The first story was run by NPR affliate KPLU on November 11 and can be found here. The second story ran on November 23 in Seattle's street newspaper Real Change and can be found here. Please direct questions on HB 1310 or other legislative issues to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In November, the Kellogg Foundation released a new 9 minute dental therapist video with footage from Kansas, Washington, and Alaska. The video dicusses the potential implementation of the dental therapist model outside of Alaska. WSDA continues to advocate against the dental therapist model. Please contact email@example.com with questions or if you would like to get involved in our grassroots advocacy program.
The WSDA and Sesame Communications, the leading provider of online patient connection systems for the dental industry, today announced an exclusive program for WSDA members. WSDA members can now receive a no obligation online effectiveness consultation and an additional five percent discount on the cloud-based Sesame 24-7™ integrated online system.
Click here to read the Concerned Dentists of Washington State's response to Washington Dental Service's letter to members titled "A Few Facts You May Not Know about WDS's Governance"