Take Action – VOTE NO on Senate Bill 541
Please VOTE NO on Senate Bill 541, the bill creating a dental therapist in Michigan. This bill is not needed in Michigan because it does not solve a problem. Adding another provider to the current dental team is not needed. Michigan should better utilize its existing highly qualified workforce. In addition, the dental therapist model is not proven to help with access to care for underserved people.
There are better ways that won't create more government bureaucracy. Expanding the scope of duties of the current dental team, investing more in programs to help new health providers pay off school debt by working in underserved areas, and fixing the adult dental Medicaid system will have a quicker and much longer impact on the access to care problem.