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The agency responsible for accrediting all dental education programs has decided to accredit so-called mid-level dental providers. As Heartland Health Monitor’s Bryan Thompson explains, the decision has implications for the ongoing effort to license those providers in Kansas. The Commission on Dental Accreditation says without national accreditation standards for dental therapists, the requirements would vary from state to state. The United Methodist Health Ministry Fund has been funding...

The Wichita Sedgwick County Oral Health Coalition is hosting “Give Kids A Smile Day” this Saturday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that the event gives free dental care to 350,000 children nationwide who don’t have insurance… This year’s "Give Kids A Smile Day" has been expanded to include children living in Butler, Harvey, Reno, Sedgwick , Sumner, and Harper Counties. Judy Johnston, who helps coordinate the event, says it's open to children ages 2 to 12, but reservations are necessary. “Every...

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Nearly 400 dental professionals gathered in Salina this weekend to provide free dental care to those in need. Bryan Thompson has more on the 14th Kansas Mission of Mercy. Salina orthodontist Cindy Reed says some of the 1,400 patients started lining up Wednesday afternoon—even though the free clinic didn’t begin until Friday morning. “They’re very, very needy," Reed says. "They’re also very, very grateful.” The advocacy group Oral Health Kansas surveyed patients as they were leaving. Executive...

More Than 1 In 3 Counties Lack A KanCare Dentist

Mar 14, 2013
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A new report from the Kansas Dental Project finds that dental services are unavailable in more than one third of the counties in Kansas for people covered by KanCare. KanCare is the new, privatized Medicaid system in Kansas. Backers are fond of pointing out that the three private insurance companies now operating Medicaid are offering benefits not previously available through Medicaid—like preventive dental care for adults. However, coverage does not guarantee there is a dentist willing to...

Bill that will change judicial selection process is on its way to the governor; Many Kansas counties lack a KanCare dental provider; Conference aims to strengthen marriages. Kan. Senate Debating Union Contribution Bill A bill keeping public employee unions in Kansas from deducting money from members' paychecks for political activities is advancing in the Legislature. The Senate is scheduled to debate it Thursday, and it's expected to pass. Bill supporters say they want to prevent public...

KS House advances change in judicial selection; Teacher's union objects to bill that limits bargaining; Thousands expected to turnout for Mission of Mercy. Kan. House Advances Change In Judicial Selection Process The Kansas House has given first-round approval to a bill that changes how appeals court judges are selected. The bill allows the governor to appoint the judges, who would then be confirmed by the state Senate. More... Kan. Teacher's Union Objects To Bill That Limits Bargaining The...

Mission Of Mercy Expects Turnout Of Thousands

Mar 1, 2013
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More than 2,000 people are expected to take advantage of free dental work Friday and Saturday at the Kansas Coliseum Pavilions.

The Kansas Mission of Mercy has returned to Wichita for the first time since 2006. Back then, 1900 people took advantage of an estimated $1 million of free dental care including cleanings, fillings and extractions. Greg Hill, the executive director of the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, said their goal is to provide dental care to as many patients as...