OEBB Cuts Drug Benefit, Increases Dental Fees to Keep Costs Down

The board tried to avoid cuts to teachers’ health benefits by encouraging them to shift to coordinated care, by cutting administrative costs and by offering more catastrophic plans, but some small benefit cuts were enacted for the next school year.

The Oregon Educators Benefit Board approved a list of creative solutions to keep the health benefits for the state’s teachers below the caps mandated by the Legislature.

Midlevel dental providers gain support from national organization

The Dental Health Aide Therapist (DHAT) model that the tribe has endorsed has been used in many parts of the world, including Alaskan tribal areas, as a way of expanding services in poor, isolated and minority communities.

With dental care in short supply and oral disease rates high on tribal lands, Native American leader Brian Cladoosby recently announced that his Swinomish Indian Tribal Community in

Advantage Dental Wants State to Buy Dentures for New Medicaid Members

The Oregon Health Authority has strictly enforced a rule requiring members to get dentures six months after they lose their last tooth, effectively denying false teeth to newly insured members, some of whom have been left without any teeth for years.

New Oregon Health Plan members would not be forced to go toothless if a bill promoted by Advantage Dental becomes law.

Currently, people who receive dental care through the state Medicaid system only get their dentures six months after their last tooth was pulled.

State Dental Director Position Goes Unfilled

Some observers speculate that the dearth of qualified applicants has occurred because the position is only temporary.

Oregon children have little or any access to dental care, and recent statistics indicate that tooth decay rates are five times higher than asthma rates in Oregon, with children between the ages of 6 and 9 having at least one category.

Doubts, Warnings to Lawmakers Fill Transformation Testimony

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Groups are worried about leaving some vulnerable populations behind and skeptical about alleged cost savings
April 28, 2011 -- Doubt and skepticism along with some strong warnings about revamping the Oregon Health Plan and other human services were heard loud and clear Wednesday night as lawmakers met to discuss

Oral Health Advocates Say Dental Therapists Could Ease Shortages

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The Oregon Dental Association remains skeptical about such an approach
December 20, 2010 -- Oral health advocates, bolstered by favorable national reports on dental therapists, told legislators that training and deploying mid-level providers could help ease the shortage of providers. But the Oregon Dental Association (ODA) remains skeptical of any legislation to c

Despite Shaky Finances, Children’s Dental Clinic Re-Opens

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The clinic, which provided basic dental services to 1,500 low-income students last year, is run by the Multnomah Dental Society
September 20, 2010 -- After a summer hiatus, the Creston Children’s Dental Clinic celebrated a grand reopening ceremony on Sept. 13, but its finances still remain shaky.

New Dental Therapy Program Could Ease Shortage

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But the Oregon Dental Association remains critical of the effort despite its success in Minnesota and Alaska

May 19, 2010 -- Serious discussions are under way about creating a new category of dental care providers to deal with the impending shortage of dentists, similar to efforts in Minnesota and Alaska. But the Oregon Dental Association is raising red flags.  

Randy Cline Joins Willamette Dental

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March 4, 2010 -- Randy Cline has become chief marketing officer for Willamette Dental. In that role he’s responsible for strategic growth, health plan partnerships and overall business development and expansion efforts.
Prior to joining Willamette Dental he was Chief Operating Officer of Clear One Health Plans, and earlier held executive positions with Regence BlueCross Blues Shield and BlueCross BlueShield of Montana.


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