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Legislation delay leaves Virginians left without dental insurance
Updated: 7/7/2010 11:00:38 PM

Legislation delay leaves Virginians left without dental insurance Due to the slow movement of dental care approval by Virginia and national officials, representatives of the Virginia Healthcare Foundation have reported that thousands of people residing in the state with little or no dental insurance will be without free dental care.

More individuals nationwide are being affected by similar dental insurance legislation delays, as only 63 percent of all Americans aged 18 to 64 years visited a dentist annually in 2007, according to the Centers for Disease Controls and Prevention.

Approximately six months ago, the Virgina Healthcare Foundation submitted legislation that would allow the organization to use $5 million in an emergency fund that would provide services to 7,000 local patients, according to the Washington Post. Unfortunately for these individuals, the proposal won't be approved by the September 30 deadline, leaving many Virginia residents without dental care.

Advocates for these individuals hope that Congress will be able to extend the deadline, which would allow the 33 state-sponsored clinics to receive funding for various treatments, including teeth cleanings, fillings and tooth extractions, the news source reports.

Families and individuals who have been affected the stalling of similar state and nationwide legislation can benefit from researching dental discount plans. People who take advantage this opportunity will be able to see a dentist annually and receive services ranging from oral exams to surgical procedures.

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