Dental Therapy bill passes the House!

Today the House of Representatives passed S.20, a bill that will allow dental therapists to practice in Vermont. Dental therapists are mid-level dental providers that can perform more procedures than a hygienist, but fewer procedures than a dentist. Dental therapists are part of the dental team in Alaska, Minnesota and…

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Dental therapy bill passes out of House Human Services committee!

Today the House Human Services committee voted 9-2 in favor of advancing S.20, a bill that would allow dental therapists to offer care in Vermont. Dental therapists are dental professionals with a scope of practice beyond that of a hygienist, but not as expansive as a dentist. Dental therapists are…

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House approves bill to expand access to birth control

The Vermont House passed H.620, the Access to Birth Control bill, sending it to the Senate for consideration.   This is a huge step forward for family planning, economic security, and other issues that are greatly impacted by unintended pregnancies! In Vermont, nearly half of pregnancies are unplanned[1].   H.620…

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SCOTUS decision strikes at Vermont’s health care disclosure law

This month the US Supreme Court struck down portions of Vermont’s health care disclosure law requiring large employers to report what they are paying for health care procedures. The case arose from Liberty Mutual Insurance’s assertion that they shouldn’t be required to report information to the Vermont Health Care Uniform…

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Dean of MN dental school visits VT to advocate for dental therapy

Before lawmakers traveled back to their districts for Town Meeting Day break, members of the House Human Services and Government Operations committees hosted a joint hearing to learn more about how dental therapists are helping improve access in Minnesota. The star witness was Dr. Leon Assael, DMD, Dean of the Minnesota…

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Oral Health Care for All coalition calls for expanded dental workforce

VPIRG joined a broad coalition of lawmakers and organizations at the State House today to promote public health, celebrate Oral Health Week and voice their support for legislation (S.20) that would expand Vermont’s dental workforce. S.20 would let licensed dental hygienists receive advanced training and become certified as “dental therapists.” These…

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It’s Oral Health Week!

VPIRG and the Vermont Oral Health Care for All coalition are hosting an “Oral Health Week of Action” – a whole week dedicated to highlighting our campaign to increase dental access in Vermont. We’re advocating for S.20, a bill that would allow mid-level dental providers (dental therapists) to practice in Vermont.…

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2016 Legislative Preview

The 2016 Vermont legislative session is here! VPIRG is excited to build on the nearly 45 years of success that we have achieved together and continue working in the State House to protect our environment, watch out for consumers and put Vermont on a path to a sustainable future. Click on…

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NPR features our dental access campaign

Marketplace just came out with a great story explaining the dental access crisis in Vermont and the proven potential of dental therapy to improve oral health care in the state. It’s pretty exciting to be getting national coverage on such a critical issue, especially as we inch closer to the…

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