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The Officers of WSDA and the Washington State Dental Hygienists Association recently agreed to jointly support legislation on providing hygiene services to homebound patients and fixing a DOH interpretation of placing topical anestheic. HB 1330 was drafted by WSDA and WSDHA and has sponsors from both parties.
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.