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Legislation aims to alleviate shortage of dental care providers

Among the bills introduced in the New York state legislature is a measure aimed at streamlining licensing for dentists trained out of state. Other measures would add dentists to a state program offering student loan repayment for physicians committed to serving underserved areas, as well as allowing dental practices to purchase more affordable health insurance plans for employees through a state-run program.

Some bills are supported by the New York State Dental Association, Community Health Care Association of New York, Whitney Young Health Center and Saratoga County Community Health Center. The Associated Medical Schools of New York, a group representing 17 public and private medical schools in the state, and the University at Albany’s Center for Health Workforce Studies also support the proposed bills. For more information on the New York Dental Association's advocacy efforts, visit nysdental.org/advocacy.

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