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Members of the Wisconsin Dental Association are asking policymakers to amend the state's Dental Practice Act to include changes that they believe will reduce some of the barriers to oral care without imposing additional costs on taxpayers, according to a recent article published by WisBusiness.com.
One of the suggestions is to allow dental hygienists to perform a wider range of tasks, including finishing cavity fillings and removing patients' sutures. Representatives of the WDA told the news provider that this change would allow oral care providers to treat more patients due to increased efficiency.
The dentists are also requesting that Wisconsin follow the lead of 21 other states that have created legislation prohibiting insurance organizations from charging fees for services that are not covered under their dental plans.
"A healthy state is attractive to new businesses, jobs and economic growth. Dentists want to help, and we urge legislators to join us in our efforts to break down barriers to dental care for Wisconsin residents," WDA President Steve Stoll told the news source.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a total of 78 percent of Americans between the ages of 2 and 17 have visited the dentist within the past year.
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