Arizona Dental Association: Oral Health A Matter Of Coverage, Not Access

Published: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 4:58pm
Updated: Friday, April 14, 2017 - 9:15pm
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Earlier this week, we talked about the idea of allowing dental care therapists to be licensed in Arizona, as a way to bring dental care to residents who currently aren’t getting it. Kristen Mizzi Angelone, dental policy expert for the Pew Charitable Trusts, explained what these mid-level providers do.
A report from the Goldwater Institute finds almost 2.5 million Arizonans are living in areas designated as dental health professional shortage areas. It advocates for allowing dental therapists as a way to bring that number down.

But not everyone thinks that’d help. Kevin Earle is the executive director of the Arizona Dental Association.

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