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Governor Honored For Support for Children's Dental Care

On November 13, 2008, the Dental Action Committee honored Governor O'Malley for his contributions to access to dental care for Maryland's low-income children.  The event was held at The Foundation School in Largo, Maryland - Deamonte Driver's school. The event was organized by PJC and others in the Dental Action Committee, and PJC's Laurie Norris gave the opening speech.  She was followed Dental Action Committee co-chairs Jane Casper and Norman Tinanoff, UMB President David Ramsay, DHMH Secretary John Colmers, Governor O'Malley, and Dr. Hazel Harper.  More than 150 people attended, included many elected officials.  It was standing room only.  The media was out in force.
The Governor's support has been instrumental in demonstrable actions that will improve children's access to dental care, including:
  • Unveiling the Deamonte Driver Dental Project, a mobile van that will target schools in the Prince George's County area to help low-income and underserved children in need of dental care.
  • Making an overall $68 million investment in dental services statewide, including incentives for dentists to encourage more of them to provide services to low-income patients.
  • Removing bureaucratic roadblocks that have been preventing dental professionals from providing the full array of services at public health clinics when a dentist is not present.
  • Moving towards a single, statewide dental vendor to increase efficiency, simplify the existing program, and provide greater transparency and accountability.
  • Increasing the number of low-income young people that will receive dental service.

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