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1st Dental Therapy Hurdle Cleared For Rural New Mexico

from Ruidoso News

Lawmakers on the House Health and Human Services Committee unanimously voted to advance significant dental therapy legislation. HB 308, sponsored by Rep. Doreen Gallegos (D) and Rep. Gail Armstrong (R), passed the committee by a margin of 8 to 0. New Mexico is facing an oral health care crisis. Nearly 900,000 in New Mexican live in areas without enough dentists, with the burden falling heavily on rural, tribal, and low-income communities, according to the New Mexico Dental Therapist Coalition. More than 25 percent of elementary school-aged children in New Mexico have untreated tooth decay, according to Voices for New Mexico Children. more

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