Dental Student Loan Repayment Program Inches Closer to Approval

Several counties in Florida have very few dentists who accept Medicaid — and a few have none at all.

But a bill passed by the Florida House and Senate could incentivize new dentists to work in those areas. State lawmakers have passed similar bills before, but they were vetoed by former Gov. Rick Scott.

Now it’s up to Gov. Ron DeSantis to decide if general funds in the state budget can be allocated toward helping dentists with up to $250,000 to repay student loans.

Click here to read the full article on WUSF News.

 

Florida Needs Incentives for Dentists to Practice in Underserved Areas

The FDA is urging support for Senate Bill 716 and House Bill 465, introduced by Sen. Ed Hooper, R-Clearwater, and Rep. Mike Grant, R-Port Charlotte, to bring immediate care to Florida communities and patients who need it most.

Click here to read the article in Florida Today.

a1b0b1d1-7db2-4fc4-8751-d12aa58740fe-dentaltherapy1A dentist demonstrates to a child the proper way to brush teeth in order to prevent tooth decay. (Photo: Courtesy/NM Voices for Children)