January 2009  Edition
Word of Mouth
A newsletter from the Maine Dental Access Coalition
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Nominate an Oral Health Hero
Maine News
At the Legislature
Save the Date
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Dear Sarah,
Welcome to Word of Mouth, the newsletter for all who care about improving the oral health of Maine's people.  To ensure that you continue to receive emails from us, add mdac@mcd.org your address book today.
Nominate an Oral Health Hero 
Every day there are people in Maine working to bring better oral health to all of us. This year MDAC is instituting the Oral Health Heroes Awards to recognize this work. We want to celebrate legislators, community groups and individuals for contributions they have made to our mission, and we want you to help us identify them.
We are looking for:
  • Outstanding leadership in oral health advocacy and/or organizing
  • Strong commitment to improving the state of oral health in Maine
To nominate an individual or group, fill out this form and return to mdac@mcd.org  by January 20th.
This year's heroes will be recognized on February 26 at our second annual Legislator's Breakfast.
Maine News
The Kennebec Journal recently featured Susanne LaVallee and her non-profit Maine Dental Health Outreach Inc. (formerly known as Tooth Angels). Susanne is a public health supervision hygienist who has been reaching out to MaineCare kids for the past five years.  LaVallee and her fellow hygienists work out of a renovated 32-foot recreational vehicle that travels to schools in central Maine and they have seen over 3200 children in that time. For the full article read on here. To learn more, or contribute, go to their web site at www.mdho.org.
On Vinalhaven, Peter Levandoski is in the second year as a Public Health Outreach Fellow of the Island Institute. His work with Island Community Medical Services has inspired him to apply to dental school  next year, and when that is done, he thinks he would like to come back to Maine. Read on in The Working Waterfront
At the Legislature

legislationMDAC is submitting a bill entitled
Resolve, to Implement Certain Recommendations of the Governor's Task Force on Expanding Access to Oral Health Care for Maine People.
This will update MaineCare rates to accord with the top recommendation of the 2008 Governor's Task Force on Expanding Access to Oral Health. The bill asks for an increase in reimbursement rates to the 75th percentile of the New England dental fees for 17 dental procedures. Representative Meredith Strang Burgess has agreed to sponsor the bill.
The Maine Dental Association will resubmit the oral health services for pregnant women bill, this time as  Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services to Extend MaineCare Dental and Oral Health Services. This will amend the rules regarding MaineCare services to allow for a pregnant woman, regardless of age, who is eligible for MaineCare, to receive dental and oral health services during pregnancy and for 60 days following the delivery of the child. Senator Ann Perry will be the sponsor. 

The Fund for a Healthy Maine is once more in jeopardy. There  will be a work session with the Health and Human Services Committee on Tuesday the 13th of January at 1 PM in Room 209 of the State Office Building, followed by a joint work session with Appropriations at 2:00.
Save the Date - Invite Your Legislator
Join us for a breakfast with legislators where we will talk about oral health issues and make our first Oral Health Heroes Awards.
February 26, 2009, at 8:00 AM
For more information call 622-7566 x 248 or mdac@mcd.org
Kids Oral Health Partnership News
If your organization or office would like to receive free training on promoting early oral health, and identifying and addressing oral health problems in children 0-5 yearskohp logo, contact Bonnie Vaughan at bvaughan@mcd.org. or go to the Resources for Providers page at www.kohp.org to sign up directly.
For notification of up coming training, contact Bonnie at the above email.
Next Quarterly Meeting: March 13, 2008 
mdac logoin Augusta, at MCD  at 9:00 AM
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The mission of the Maine Dental Access Coalition is to advocate for and improve access to quality preventative  and comprehensive oral health care  for all Maine people.
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