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Evers to Propose Spending $43 Million on Rural Dental Care

Wisconsin's governor is proposing funding to expand dental care. Wisconsin's governor is proposing funding to expand dental care. |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Created: February 11, 2019 11:12 AM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Gov. Tony Evers says he plans to propose spending more than $43 million over the next two years to expand access to dental care in Wisconsin, particularly in underserved rural areas.

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The Eau Claire Leader-Telegram reported Monday that more than $16 million is targeted to increase reimbursement rates for dental providers who see patients on Medicaid.

The governor's proposal also includes creating a "dental therapist licensure," allowing for a midlevel dental provider to address a shortage of providers across Wisconsin.

More than 200 dentists are estimated to be needed in Wisconsin for high shortage areas.

Evers also wants to allocate $60,000 each of the next two years to pay for loan repayments of dentists who opt to serve rural areas. He also wants to spend nearly $1.3 million more on grants for dental clinics that serve low-income patients.

Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

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