Behavioral health, coverage, workforce loom large on the laundry list of unmet requests facing state lawmakers. A legislative impasse could keep them from going anywhere despite the availability of new funds.
Yadira Martinez of Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Institute is one of the first dental therapists approved to treat cavities in Oregon. Lawmakers approved the profession in 2021 to save money and combat inequities, but pilot programs set up for training are slated to go away in less than two years.
COURTESY VIRGINIA GARCIA