Dental Student Loan Repayment Program Signed Into Law

, WUSF News

Dentists burdened by high student loan debt may soon get some relief.

Gov. Ron DeSantis signed into law HB 843 that — among other things — revives a defunct loan repayment program for dentists who see low-income patients.

“This is a way that we can provide care in those communities that are underserved, be able to reach Floridians who don’t have access to a dentist, and be able to have them be a Medicaid provider,” said Jolene Paramore, president of the Florida Dental Association.

“We want them to also establish in those communities because there’ll be jobs created from the dental team. And more importantly, to get care to those individuals who need help, (and) reduce emergency department visits.”

Dentists from public schools may graduate with $250,000 to $300,000 in loans. Private schools can run up to $500,000. High payments and low Medicaid reimbursement rates make it hard for them to practice in underserved areas.

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Volunteer at the Florida Mission of Mercy!

Thank you to all who have already registered to volunteer at this year’s Florida Mission of Mercy! There is still time to sign up — join us on March 22-23 at Edgewater High School in Orlando and help bring relief from dental pain to thousands of patients. To learn more, watch the video below and visit flamom.org to sign up today!

 

 

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)

 

The 2019 Florida Mission of Mercy is in Orlando This Year!

The Florida Mission of Mercy is a two-day dental event that will bring relief from dental pain and infection at no cost to Floridians in need of care. This year, we aim to treat 2,000 patients. Watch our video to learn more.