Almost exactly a year ago, I wrote about how an American Indian tribe in Washington state defied a powerful special interest that was making it difficult for members of the tribe to get the dental care they needed.
It was a big gamble, but it paid off. What tribal leaders did was hire the equivalent of a nurse practitioner in dentistry—a dental therapist—to practice on the Swinomish Reservation, despite opposition from the state dental association and the fact that the
If you think Democrats and Republicans can’t agree on anything related to health care, you’d be wrong. A remarkable bipartisan effort is taking shape at the state level that could result in millions of Americans having better access to care in a way barely addressed by federal lawmakers.
I’m talking about better access to dental care. Recent poll
As we get close to the election, it’s clear that something should be done, at the federal or state level or both, to address the shortcomings of the Affordable Care Act.
The news that premiums on the so-called Obamacare benchmark health plans will be 25 percent higher on average next year came on the heels of earlier reports that people in most states will have considerably fewer health plans to choose from.
The health care consulting firm Avalere, which tracks