During these challenging times, state government needs to support, not reduce, programs that promote better health, especially for those who are already marginalized.
This legislative session will rely heavily on remote testimony for lawmakers due to the pandemic.
The pandemic and economic recovery are front and center as state lawmakers get ready for the new legislative session Monday.
We all need to encourage policymakers to continue to support vital public health programs such as Apple Health dental.
Arcora Foundation, a Seattle-based nonprofit funded by Washington’s largest dental benefits provider, Delta Dental of Washington (DDWA), has provided $1,085,000 in grants to 17 tribes in Washington state. The funds will help the tribes’ dental clinics meet essential oral health needs amidst the pandemic.
Cuts to preventative care programs like adult dental will ultimately cost the system more, advocates say. Medical problems become worse if dental services are delayed, and people will be forced to use the emergency room for urgent care, said Misha Werschkul, executive director of the Budget and Policy Center, a research organization that is focused…