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Author Topic: Maine House approves dental hygienist bill
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Post Maine House approves dental hygienist bill
on: January 29, 2014, 07:50

AUGUSTA, Maine —A bill to increase access to oral health care for children and adults in Maine passed the Maine House on Tuesday in a vote of 102-39.

By Aly Myles

Maine House approves dental hygienist bill

Bill would allow hygienists to do more dental work

UPDATED 7:15 PM EST Jan 28, 2014

The bill, LD 1230, was held back last year for further consideration. It would allow hygiene therapists to do dental work previously only done in the state by dentists, such as small fillings and baby tooth extractions.

“I’d like to be one of the first ones,” said Cathy Kasparak, a hygienist and the president of the Maine Dental Hygienists Association.

Kasparak said she hopes the bill will pass so she can start helping more Mainers get dental care. Right now, most dentists are in bigger cities and very few accept MaineCare patients, she said.

“I see it as a need that a lot of them can get here, but they can’t get to other places,” Kasparak said.

About half of the state’s 1,300 hygienists are out of work right now, she said....

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