VPIRG is dedicated to making oral health care more accessible and affordable for Vermonters.

We have a serious dental problem in Vermont; more than one in six of our friends and neighbors cannot get the dental care they need because they can’t afford it, or they simply can’t find a dentist. While we will not be able to fix this problem overnight, there are concrete steps we can take now to increase access to necessary dental services. VPIRG is proud to be part of a coalition working to improve access to dental care in Vermont.


Recent Dental Care News & Updates

VPIRG’s 2015 Legislative Priorities

With the first week of the 2015 Legislative Session wrapping up, check out VPIRG’s priorities for 2015! (Click the Program Name to jump to that section). Clean Energy Consumer Protection Elections & Government Reform Environmental Protection Health Care Toxics & Environmental Health Clean Energy Putting a Price on Pollution: With storms like Irene giving us a taste of what a future of global warming ...

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Dental Practitioner Bill Clears First Hurdle

Yesterday the Senate Government Operations Committee Voted 4-1 to pass S.35, a bill that would allow mid-level dental providers, called dental practitioners, to practice in Vermont.  Dental practitioners have a higher level of training than a hygienist, but not the same level of training as dentists.  S.35 would allow dental practitioners to do all the ...

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Help us Expand Access to Dental Care in Vermont

Vermont has the oldest average age for dentists in the entire country. In fact, in less than eight years, a third of the dentists in Vermont will have retired. Help address the looming dental crisis in Vermont by signing this petition calling for licensed dental practitioners today! One tool in the toolbox available to decision makers that ...

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2014 Legislative Priorities: Health Care

Moving Health Care Forwards, Not Backwards Most Vermonters recognize that our state has work to do when it comes to replacing our current for-profit health care system with one that’s affordable, high-quality, and available to all. Proponents of our broken health care system have signaled that during the legislative session, they’re planning to grandstand, obstruct and pull ...

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Stand Up for Your Smile

We have a serious dental problem in Vermont, more than one in six of our friends and neighbors cannot get the dental care they need because they can’t afford it, or they simply can’t find a dentist. While we will not be able to fix this problem overnight, there are concrete steps we can take ...

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2013 Health Care Legislative Preview

Health Care for All, and Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize For years, Vermont has been a leader in making health care accessible and affordable.  Our long term goal is a single payer model that will control costs while providing high quality care for every Vermonter.  As a critical first step, this year Vermont will begin ...

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Green Mountain Care Board Says No to Dental

Last week the Green Mountain Care Board narrowly voted to not include dental coverage for adults in the state’s new “health benefit exchange”.  Required by the federal Affordable Care Act, the exchange is the online marketplace where Vermonters who are self insured or work for small businesses will get their health care coverage starting in 2014. ...

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