A bill to allow specially trained dental therapists to perform some procedures currently reserved for dentists is up for consideration again in Maine. Therapists would operate under a dentist's supervision, potentially willing to perform procedures with low Medicaid reimbursement rates and freeing dentists to perform more complicated procedures. The number of dentists per resident in Maine is lower than the national average, and only 23.9% said in 2010 that they would accept new Medicaid patients.

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