Did you know that Wisconsin is facing a crisis in access to affordable dental care? Lack of access to affordable dental care is a real problem, especially in rural Wisconsin.
- Many Wisconsinites live in a dental shortage area and emergency rooms in our state see over 30,000 visits each year for preventable dental conditions.
- In turn, ER visits have led to over $22 million in medical bills for Wisconsinites.
- Currently only 37% of dentists accept Medicaid patients.
We need to pass reforms to increase access to dental care in Wisconsin.
The state legislature is considering a bill that would allow for a midlevel provider of dental care, called a dental therapist. Right now this important reform is facing roadblocks getting passed, and we need your help to move this bill forward!
Dental therapists provide a level of service between licensed hygienists and dentists, like physician assistants in the medical field.
Dental therapists can help dentists serve more patients and expand their practices. Dentists can delegate some routine procedures to dental therapists, allowing them to lower costs.
Please take action by sending a message to Committee members asking them to move this reform forward today!