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.

Senate Votes to Confirm New Surgeon General

In December, the Senate voted to confirm physician Vivek Murthy as the next surgeon general, despite considerable opposition from Republicans and a few Democrats. Critics objected to the 37-year-old’s relative inexperience as well as his outspoken support for the Affordable Care Act.

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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