On Friday, January 31, more than 400 WSDA members and UWSoD students converged on Olympia, meeting scores of legislators face-to-face to talk about the issues important to dentists in Washington state. Grassroots advocates from across the state took time from their busy schedules to deliver a message to Washington legislators — "One Profession, One Voice." Here are just a few of the images from the day. The WSDA would like to thank all of the dentists and students who took part in Dental Action Day 2014!
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Last week, the Department of Health (DOH) announced that beginning January 1, 2014, active license renewal fees for dentists will be reduced by $176. The rule change amends WAC 246-817-990 which dictates dentist licensure fees and renewal cycle. The current dental licensure renewal fee of $576 is the second highest dental licensure fee in the nation.
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.