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Dental therapy in Wisconsin

1.2 million Wisconsinites live in dental care shortage areas. Children, seniors, veterans & the disabled are most likely to lack access to oral care. Here’s a successful effort to provide dental care to underserved populations without relying on taxpayers.
November 13, 2019

Taking a bite out of the dental care access problem

Dental therapists extend care by providing basic dental procedures that previously only a dentist could do. For example, Elizabeth Branca is trained to fill cavities and conduct exams, opening time in a dentist’s schedule for more complex treatments. Dental therapists are paid at a lower rate than a dentist, making time in their chair more affordable.
Kevyn Burger - October 15, 2019

Patients reap the benefits of dental therapy

"I couldn’t tell the difference from a regular dentist," says a satisfied patient in St. Paul.
By Kevyn Burger

Where dental therapy is longer in the tooth

Minnesota dentists now see, and get, value from dental therapists, who’ve been practicing in that state for a decade.
By Kevyn Burger

Badger Briefing: Here's what we're hearing

Numbers and nuggets from trends we've observed on topics from community corrections and revocations to migration from Illinois to dental care access.

Patients reap the benefits of dental therapy

In her role as a dental therapist at two clinics in St. Paul, Minnesota, Katy Leiviska provides basic exams and preventative treatments to patients with state-based insurance.
Kevyn Burger - October 15, 2019

Where dental therapy is longer in the tooth

Minnesota dentists now see, and get, value from dental therapists, who've been practicing there for a decade.
Kevyn Burger - September 30, 2019

Dental Therapy Testimony

The creation of the dental therapy profession in Wisconsin through Senate Bill 89 would be an important step in improving access to and usage of dental care for disadvantaged and underserved populations in Wisconsin and potentially reducing negative economic and societal costs associated with poor oral health.
August 21, 2019

Jason Hicks dental therapy testimony

The creation of the dental therapy profession in Wisconsin through Senate Bill 89 would be an important step in improving access to and usage of dental care for disadvantaged and underserved populations in Wisconsin and potentially reducing negative economic and societal costs associated with poor oral health.
Jason Hicks - August 21, 2019

Julie Grace dental therapy testimony

To us at the Badger Institute, this dental therapy bill represents a common-sense, free-market and bipartisan solution to a serious and persistent problem.
Julie Grace - August 21, 2019

Dental therapy would provide access to the many Wisconsinites who lack dental care

Wisconsin is one of the worst-performing states in the country at providing dental care for disadvantaged kids.
Julie Grace and Ken Taylor - August 20, 2019

Dental Therapists: A Solution to Wisconsin's Costly Dental Access Problem?

Dental therapists could improve access, use and outcomes, while reducing economic costs associated with the dental care monopoly and unnecessary ER visits for dental treatment. By Jason Hicks and Morris M. Kleiner February 2019

Allowing dental therapists would increase access to oral health care

Wisconsin should join neighbors Minnesota and Michigan, and several other states, in authorizing the creation of these licensed mid-level professionals.
Jason Hicks and Morris Kleiner - March 6, 2019

Wisconsin's dental access problem

Wisconsin has a dental access problem, especially for low-income individuals, says Morris Kleiner, professor at the University of Minnesota. Kleiner explains how allowing dental therapists could provide the solution. Kleiner’s presentation was delivered at the Badger Institute’s Policy Symposium.
February 20, 2019

Badger Institute applauds movement toward dental therapy

Reform would address WI provider shortage, particularly for children on Medicaid.
February 12, 2019

Seeking to fill a void

The Badger State ranks last in the nation for providing oral health care to the more than 550,000 children with dental benefits through Medicaid. Allowing dental therapists in Wisconsin could improve access to care and ease the crisis.
By Betsy Thatcher

The cost of Wisconsin's opioid crisis

Beyond the lives lost and countless other tragedies related to addiction, the opioid epidemic imposes a heavy monetary cost in Wisconsin.
Ike Brannon and Devorah Goldman - May 4, 2017

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