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June, 2013
In This Issue:
Legislative Update
Medicaid Expansion in Maine
A Disclaimer
MDAC Quarterly Meeting
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Word of Mouth
Dear Diane,

Word of Mouth is thenewsletter of the Maine Dental Access Coalition. We welcome your comments and invite your ideas for content.
Heroes still heroes
Word of Mouth has been on hiatus the the last several months due to competing demands, but we are back, and want to begin by extending deep appreciation to all those who made our Oral Health Heroes event a success, and to say thanks again to this year heroes: The Dental Home Initiative (Dr John Willis, Bev Litchfield RDH, Bonnie Vaughan RDH, MaineCare, Head Start, Donald Cassidy DMD among others, and our other Heroes, Kathryn Young LD, Senator Justin Alfond, and Mary Repole RDH.
heroes 2013
Some Heroes and presenters: Donald Cassidy DMD, Sheila Pinette,MD,Bonnie Vaughan RDH, Janice Hatch, Luc Nya,

Mary & Cathy
Mary Repole RDH & Cathy Hollister

Alfond & Young
Senator Alfond & Kathryn Young
Bev and John
Bev Litchfield RDH, and John Willis DMD, Dental Home Initiative Leader
Legislative Update


  • LD 249, Resolve, Directing the Board of Dental Examiners To Amend Its Rules To Improve Access to Oral Health Care in Maine:
    • Board statute allows for students ";to perform limited dental service in institutional and public health service programs within the State, commensurate with the student's level of training under the supervision and control of a licensed dentist or a teaching school."; This proposes to add private dental offices and specifies dental hygiene.
  • LD 553 An Act to Require Dental Insurance Coverage for Services Performed by Denturists

Special Appropriations Table (Funding from this depends on how much money is available and where each item lands on the priority list. We won't know what will happen

until the budget is finalized.
  • LD 804, An Act To Improve Preventative Dental Health Care and Reduce Costs in the MaineCare Program* (MDAC bill) adds one preventive visit to MC covered services for members age 21 and older.
  • LD 933, An Act To Establish a Separate Regulatory Board for Dental Hygienists [June 11, OTP-A]
  • LD 180, An Act Concerning the Use of Tobacco Settlement Funds for Children's Health Care
  • LD 276, Resolve, To Improve Access to Oral Health Care for MaineCare Recipients ( a rate increase to 10th percentile for 20 top procedures)
  • LD 440, An Act To Support Community Health Centers through Tax Credits for Dentists and Primary Care Professionals Practicing in Underserved Areas.
  • LD 499, An Act To Promote Dental Care for Low-income Populations (Restoration of funds to Riverview clinic)

Still Pending

  • LD 1310, An Act To Improve Access to Dental Care through the Establishment of the Maine Board of Oral Health [ONTP/reconsidered; Carried Over]
  • LD 1406,An Act To Reduce Youth Smoking and Improve Public Health by Increasing Revenue from the Cigarette Tax to the Fund for a Healthy Maine and To Pay Debts Owed to Health Care Providers* [May 15, ONTP]
  • LD 1486, An Act To Reduce the Use of Hospital Emergency Departments for Preventable Oral Health Conditions* [May 15, Div. Report ONTP/OTP-AM]
  • LD 1487, An Act To Implement Managed Care in the MaineCare Program [Divided Report, June 6, ONTP/OTP-AM]
  • Budget--ongoing
  • LD 1230, An Act To Improve Access to Oral Health Care [May 17, Divided Report]-still pending.


  • LD 117, An Act To Change the Composition of the Board of Dental Examiners
  • LD 445, An Act To Improve Efficiencies in Dental Offices
  • LD 507, Resolve, Directing the Department of Health and Human Services To Amend Its Rules To Improve the Oral Health Education of Children
  • LD 533, An Act To Remove the Statement of Oral Condition as a Requirement for Denturists Making Partial Dentures
  • LD 1196, An Act To Amend the Postgraduate Education Requirements for Physicians Who Have Completed an Accredited Residency Program in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery

Medicaid Expansion in Maine
This will require overriding the Governor's veto, it will be very close...

A Disclaimer
There has been a great deal of attention given to LD 1230 ";An Act To Improve Access to Oral Health Care"; which creates a new category of dental provider.

The Maine Dental Access Coalition is comprised of a broad range of people and institutions, including many dentists and many dental hygienists, all of whom are committed to increasing access to quality care care in Maine, particularly to those in greatest need. We work together on the many dimensions of oral health on which we have common ground. Where there are strongly held and divergent views, as in the debate over mid level providers, the Coalition does not take a position.

Because the name of the Coaltion in support of LD 1230 is very similar to the Maine Dental Access Coalition, we want to make it clear that we have not taken a position on this bill, nor do we intend to.

Save the Date MDAC Quarterly Meetingmdac logo small
September, 20, 2013 9:00 - 2:00 at Medical Care Development, Augusta
The Maine Dental Access Coalition (MDAC) is a public-private partnership focused on improving access to oral care. The Coalition's mission is ";To advocate for and improve access to quality preventive and comprehensive oral health care for all Maine residents.";
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