ORAL HEALTH BATTLE RESUMES ON BEACON HILL
[Story Developing] Claiming momentum in a fiercely fought battle, lawmakers who favor a legal expansion of the scope of dentistry work so that more patients can be served say they are gaining ground on Beacon Hill.
"I'm very proud that the fact is the dentists are at the table with us, talking about this," Rep. William "Smitty" Pignatelli, who represents many rural communities in Berkshire County, said before a public hearing on legislation authorizing a new type of professional, a dental therapist. "This wasn't happening a year ago, but it's happening today. This mid-level practitioner, no pun intended, will fill the gap for so many folks who are in need of health care."
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