Evers to Propose Spending $43 Million to Improve Access to Dental Care
Governor Evers announced Monday his first state budget will
include a $43 million investment to expand access to dental care across the state.
The governor says his initiatives will include an expansion of the Seal-a-Smile
program – which provides preventative
services to children in kindergarten through 12th grade with high
levels of dental care needs. The governor’s proposal also includes establishing
a dental therapist licensure, increasing the number of low-income dental
clinics that are eligible to receive grant funding to provide safety net
services to Medicaid patients and the uninsured, and will look to incentivize
providers serving in rural areas by expanding the rural loan repayment program.