On August 21, the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services held a public hearing on Senate Bill 89 which relates to the licensure of dental therapists. The legislation seeks to increase access to dental care at a lower cost for Wisconsinites by licensing dental therapists, who would be part of the dental care team and would engage in limited practices of dentistry including fillings and sealants under the supervision of a licensed dentist. Dental therapists would operate as a mid-level provider similar to a nurse practitioner or physician's assistant. Matt Rossetto from the Wisconsin Dental Association spoke in opposition to the bill by arguing that it doesn't address other major issues like supporting more oral care funding at the Department for Health Services, improving Medicaid reimbursement rates for dentists, and increasing funding for dental education. Committee member Sen. Dale Kooyenga (R-Brookfield) highlighted that, "We're talking specifically about allowing more people to provide care." Rossetto responded with, "Our point is that additional people in the workforce...is not going to solve the problem."

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