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Academy of General Dentistry Access to Care White Paper
Date:4/29/2009

asks Congress to seriously consider the solutions outlined in the white paper in preparing health care overhaul legislation."

"In order to bridge the gap between those who receive proper dental attention and those who do not, professional organizations, as well as local, state, and national governments and even community organizations, must all make a collaborative effort," comments Dr. Jones. She says that the AGD has put forth several well thought out solutions to bridging the gap, many of which urge greater funding for dental care through Medicaid and Title VII programs, encourage practice in underserved areas through loan forgiveness programs, grants and scholarships, as well as promote recruiting dental school applicants to commit to working in underprivileged areas upon graduation.

"The AGD white paper provides the dental profession and policy makers with 30 substantive and workable solutions to access to care that can be implemented by organizations, governmental entities, and communities of interest," says John T. Sherwin, DDS, FAGD, chairperson, AGD Task Force on Access to Care. "The AGD asks federal lawmakers and administration officials to consider and include these suggestions in any comprehensive health care reform discussions and debates."

"The recommendations in the white paper will lay a solid foundation to protect the public and provide quality oral health care to all Americans, not just those who can afford care," says Dr. Jones.

Download a copy of the AGD White Paper on Increasing Access to and Utilization of Oral Health Services by visiting www.agd.org.


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