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Oral Health Heroes
Wendy Alpaugh DMD, Representative Lisa Miller, Sherri Camick RDH, and Teresa Alley RDH, ( left to right) were recognized for their contributions to Maine's oral health at the MDAC Legislative Breakfast last month.
The breakfast was well attended by legislators who had an opportunity to meet our heroes and talk oral health with MDAC members.
Rep Meridith Strang Burgess and Senator Kevin Raye were among the legislators attending this year's event.
|MDAC Video Project
In preparation for this year's Legislative Breakfast the MDAC Policy Work Group decided to make a short video illustrating the consequences of inadequate oral health policies and the human cost. This is a tall order to accomplish in 5 minutes but we think it makes a good case. Many thanks go to the work of Policy Group members Kathryn Young and Kate Perkins, Dr. Olson and Dr Sewall as well as Nikki - who kindly shared her story- and, finally GriffithMedia for putting it all together. The video can be viewed on our web site, under What's New
|At the Legislature
These are the bills MDAC is following so far this session:
Status of other bills of interest:
LD 13 An Act To Expand the Diagnostic Functions of Independent Practice Dental Hygienists
This bill expands the diagnostic functions of an independent practice dental hygienist by allowing an independent practice dental hygienist to perform x rays and to own x-ray equipment. Committee vote: ought not to pass. March 5
LD 100 An Act To Improve Oral Health Care for Maine's Children
This bill expands health screening in schools to include oral health screening. The bill requires oral health screening for students prior to entering kindergarten and for new students to a school district entering grades 1 to 6 and periodically thereafter. The bill coordinates oral health screening done under the new requirement with oral health screening done through a grant program with the Department of Health and Human Services. Next work session Mar 10, 2009, 0900AM, Cross Building Room 202
LD 233 An Act To Include Independent Practice Dental Hygienists in MaineCare
This bill provides for reimbursement under the MaineCare program to directly reimburse dental hygienists practicing independently as authorized under the Maine Revised Statutes, Title 32, section 1094-I for all procedures performed under Title 32, section 1094-Q, subsection 1. The bill directs the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt rules to implement this provision, and designates the rules as routine technical rules. Ought to Pass Feb 12.
LD 234 An Act To Expand Access to Oral Health Care
This bill requires dental insurers and health insurers and health maintenance organizations that include coverage for dental services in their policies and contracts to provide coverage for dental services performed by an independent practice dental hygienist if those services would be covered under the policy or contract and those services are within the lawful scope of practice of the independent practice dental hygienist. Tabled Feb 17.
Resolve, Directing the Department of Human Services to Extend MaineCare Dental and Oral Health Services.NO LD #
yet. 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.
The efforts of Dr William Alto of the Dartmouth Family Residence and Dr Schmidt of the Maine Dental Association to train primary care providers to pull teeth caught the attention of the New York Times recently. Read on...
Save May 8th for Synergies in Comprehensive Patient Care: Integrating Oral Health with Total Health,
Parents and Caregivers are Uninformed about Cavity-Causing Bacteria and Teeth-Friendly Snacks
According to a recent survey by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) many parents and caregivers are unaware that routine practices, such as providing healthy snacks and sharing utensils, may increase children's risk of developing cavities. The national survey, found that 96% of U.S. adults with children under 12 years old in their household thought a cracker was better for children's teeth than a piece of caramel. Read on ...
The Role of Physicians in Children's Oral Health
This new state health policy monitor highlights two recent surveys which detail the extent and characteristics of twenty-five state Medicaid programs that reimburse physicians for providing basic preventive oral health care to young children during an office visit. The early and frequent contact that most young children typically have with physicians presents a unique opportunity to evaluate their oral condition and perform basic preventive services. Read on...
|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 years
, contact Bonnie Vaughan at email@example.com
. 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 in Augusta, at MCD at 9:00 AM
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