Fall 2014: Cultivating the Desire to Serve

In 2010, we published an issue of the Liaison Ledger titled Community-Based Education Comes of Age. It looked at the benefits this educational model offered—not just to schools and students, but also to communities where access to affordable oral health care remains a persistent problem. 

Guest Perspective: Preparing Future Dental Care Providers to Treat Patients from Low Socio-Economic Backgrounds: Six Suggestions

When Dr. David Satcher the 16th Surgeon General of the United States, published the first ever U.S. Surgeon General’s report on oral health in 2000, the message was loud and clear: Certain segments of the U.S. population were more likely than the rest of the U.S. population to have poor oral health and to face challenges with access to oral health services. However, Dr. Satcher’s report was a wake-up call that made it clear that concerted efforts were needed.

Majority Republican Congress to Take Aim at the ACA

When the new Republican majority of the 114th Congress takes office in January, President Obama’s signature legislative achievement, the Affordable Care Act (ACA), will be in the direct line of fire. Whether that means a full repeal or simply making some internal changes to the law is not yet clear. 

Michigan Expands Children’s Dental Program

The Michigan state budget that was approved by Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI) over the summer includes the addition of two counties to Michigan’s Healthy Kids Dental program. The new budget includes $15.7 million to expand Healthy Kids Dental into Kalamazoo and Macomb counties, providing an additional 100,000 children with quality dental care.

Idaho Launches State-based Health Insurance Marketplace

On November 15, Idaho became the latest state to launch its own health insurance marketplace under the Affordable Care Act. The marketplace will offer more choices than last year—a total of 198 health and dental plans, 52 more plans than last year.

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