Dental Action Day (DAD) 2014 will be held on Friday, January 31st in Olympia. Decisions made this legislative session could result in fundamental changes to how dental care is delivered.
Entries in Dental Action Day (9)
In the last five years, Washington state has seen a dramatic increase in the number of general dental practice residency (GPR) and community health center-based programs. Washington's residency programs vary in size, location, and specialty; ranging from hospital-based programs in Seattle to community health center-based programs in rural small towns like Toppenish and Walla Walla. What all of the residency programs have in common is that they all expand the dental safety net with dentists who can perform the full scope of procedures as a dentist.
In 2011, dental coverage for most Medicaid-insured adults was eliminated. The same year funding was also cut for Community Health Centers to treat uninsured. As a result, nearly 450,000 low-income adults, including many people with disabilities and 130,000 seniors, were left with only access to emergency care.