National Action Expands Dental Care and Occupational Opportunities

Access to oral health care received a boost recently, after the Commission on Dental Accreditation (CODA) voted to set national standards and accreditation processes of dental therapy education programs. As VPIRG and the Vermont Oral Health Care For All Coalition gear up to bring S.20- a bill that allows dental…

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2015 Legislative Accomplishments

VPIRG was able to pass substantial legislation in the first half of the 2015-2016 legislative biennium and lay the groundwork for even more gains next year. We cracked through on long overdue reforms to our electoral system – including a vigorous new lobbyist disclosure law and the institution of Election…

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Op-ed: Our Oral Health Crisis

This commentary originally ran in the Times Argus on May 1. We have an oral health crisis in Vermont. Thousands of Vermonters go without needed dental care every single year — in 2011 and 2012, nearly 100,000 people didn’t get care. And, if you live in Vermont and you get…

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Legislation to Improve Access to Dental Care for All Passes Senate Floor

Today, S.20, a bill that allows dental therapists to practice in Vermont, passed the Senate floor on an 18 – 8 vote. This legislation, sponsored by Sen. Claire Ayer (D-Addison), Sen. Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden), and Sen. Jeanette White (D-Windham), will increase access to affordable, quality dental care for all Vermonters. Sponsor…

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Government Operations Committee Passes Bill to Expand Access to Dental Care

This week the Government Operations Committee voted 4-1 to pass legislation to allow mid-level dental providers (called dental therapists) to expand the dental team in Vermont. The Committee took testimony a wide range of stakeholders including advocates, and oral health professionals from across the country. Some of the most compelling…

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House Health Care passes expansive health reform bill

This week the House Health Care Committee took decisive action to make health care in Vermont more affordable, accessible, and equitable. The Committee voted 7-2-2 to fund a wide-sweeping package of health care reform initiatives, funded with a 0.3% payroll tax and a two cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks. One…

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Help Improve Vermont Health Connect

Right now Vermonters have an important chance to help improve 2016 Vermont Health Connect plans. The Department of Vermont Health Access has proposed increasing the out of pocket expenditure for a number of the most popular plans on Vermont Health Connect. Though many of these increases are required to keep Vermont Health…

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