HUTCHINSON, Kan. (AP) Residents across much of Kansas have a tough time finding dental care.
The Hutchinson News reported that three proposals are being considered to address the issue.
The most controversial proposal would allow a new type of dental worker to work in underserved areas. If the Legislature signs off on the idea, registered dental practitioners could perform routines services such as cleanings and fillings. Complex procedures would be left to dentists.
Fort Hays University wants to offer a training program.
But the Kansas Dental Association is objecting, raising concerns about safety and the creation of two levels of care. Instead the group wants to encourage more dentists to accept Medicaid patients and create incentives for dentists to locate in rural areas.
Currently, 13 Kansas counties lack a single dentist.