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Has your family:
- Delayed or gone without dental care due to cost?
- Gone to the ER for oral health reasons?
- Had trouble finding a provider who accepts Medicaid?
PLEASE SEE www.NHOralHealth4All.org for a “Share Your Story” link, to read stories and other updates.
Other ways to TAKE ACTION to Expand Access to Oral Healthcare in NH
SB193-FN will increase children’s access to oral healthcare by expanding the team of dental providers. The Senate voted on March 28 to refer the bill for further study in the Senate Health, Education & Human Services Committee and is expected to take this bill up again this fall (click here for Children’s Alliance statement).
You can help send a message to NH legislators that we need to expand the dental team and increase access to care in NH! Here’s how:
1) Please read and sign on to our letter supporting this bill! View here. Sign on by emailing Laurel Redden at email@example.com with your name, title, organization, or if individually signing on, your town/city.We’ll deliver this letter to legislators with all names collected when debate comes up again.
2) Have you or a family you know experienced the lack of access to dental care in NH? Children’s Alliance of NH is seeking these stories to share with legislators to help them understand the issue. Visit www.NHOralHealth4All.org to share a story!
3) Invite Children’s Alliance to attend or speak at meetings or venues where stakeholders gather – at an upcoming board meeting, tabling at your conference, or wherever stakeholders in your community are open to learning more.
To help with any of the above, please contact Laurel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-3855.
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Resources on SB193
SB193 in the News
There’s still much work to be done to improve access to dental care By Ellen Fineberg Concord Monitor 7/15/13
Minnesota dental therapy model goes nationwide Minneapolis Star Tribune 3/31/13
N.H. State Senate to study oral health workforce expansion Fosters 3/30/13
Proposed Change in Dental Care Workforce Losing Steam NHPR 3/27/13
Dental therapists could expand access to care Concord Monitor 3/7/13
Proposal to expand hygienists’ role met with opposition from dental society Concord Monitor 3/5/13
There’s a safe and cost-efficient way By Gary E. Lambert Fosters Daily Democrat 3/3/13
Bill needed to ease NH dental shortage By Ellen Fineberg Nashua Telegraph 3/3/13
A proposed law could improve dental care in the Granite State Keene Sentinel 2/26/13
Letter: Dental Society is too worried about turf by Eileen Carter Concord Monitor 2/21/13
Letter: A sensible way to expand dental care By Dr. Ward Stoops Concord Monitor 2/19/13
My Turn: Let’s expand the dental team By Dr. Robert C. Keene Concord Monitor 2/16/13
Girard at Large Radio Interview WLMW 2/19/13 (scroll to date & topic)
Dental Care Program Sparks Controversy in Minnesota Here & Now, NPR 2/22/13
American Association of Public Health Dentistry Statement on Midlevel Providers Study
More Oral Health News & Editorials
Sealants of approval: Maine, N.H. tops in nation for low-income dental service Foster’s Daily Democrat 1/11/2013
The Few. The Flouridated Valley News 1/13/2013
Big step for kids
Bill Might Improve School Dental Care
Mouth to mouth: Improving oral health care Union Leader 3/20/2012
Filling the cavity in dental care for poor Concord Monitor 3/16/2012
An oral health reform idea in New Hampshire is rooted in controversy Keene Sentinel 3/8/2012
A Bill of Health: Expanding Dental Services in New Hampshire Valley News 2/26/2012