Oral Health Workforce Policy Options to Meet Increased Demand

Oral Health Workforce: Policy Options to Meet Increased Demand

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Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013

Dental care remains the greatest unmet health need among U.S. children. More than 6 million children were uninsured in 2010, but even for those who have coverage many still do not receive any dental care. For instance, more than 14 million children enrolled in Medicaid did not receive any dental services in 2011, even though Medicaid provides such coverage. The shortage of dental providers, estimated to affect about 45 million people who live in areas with a shortage of dentists, can greatly contribute to this problem. This webinar highlighted policy options to improve access to oral health services. A panel of state legislators will discuss several policy options, including the creation of a new mid-level category of dental provider, incentives for dentists to work in underserved areas, and development of Community Dental Health Coordinators to assist consumers in finding dental care.

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Presentations (28-pages PDF)

Questions? Contact Jennifer Saunders

NCSL gratefully acknowledges support from the Pew Children's Dental Campaign.

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