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News by Topic: Oral health

Jan 16, 2020 - The North Carolina Rules Review Commissions approved a rule change that allows dental hygienists to complete preventive services, such as sealants and fluoride treatments, without an having a dentist complete an exam beforehand.
Source: Public Radio East
Dec 26, 2019 - The National Rural Oral Health Initiative (NROHI) is requesting information on best practices to address rural oral health issues for inclusion in a compendium. Submissions are due by February 27, 2020.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Dec 24, 2019 - Highlights a new rural healthcare clinic that is the first in Washington state to offer dental services that Medicaid and uninsured patients can utilize.
Source: Peninsula Daily News
Dec 13, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces their intent to create a pilot program to increase access to dental care for enrolled veterans who do not otherwise qualify for dental services through the VA. The program will connect veterans with community-based, pro bono or discounted, dental service providers and aims to improve the overall health of veterans while decreasing healthcare related costs. While initial outreach for the program will target veterans in metropolitan areas who have greater access to discounted services and pro bono providers, if the pilot is successful, it could be rolled out in rural areas. Comments on the pilot program are due by January 13, 2020.
Source: Federal Register