Debate continues on value of dental therapists

01/9/2013 | Pacific Standard magazine

Alaska and Minnesota have licensed specially trained dental hygienists to provide care in underserved areas, and California and Oregon are among the states considering introducing so-called mid-level providers. Opponents, including the American Dental Association, say the role creates a two-tiered system of care that does not address the underlying issue of low Medicaid reimbursement rates. Proponents say it is the best way to provide quality care to people in need.

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