ADA: VA dentists should get to practice in any state

The ADA wrote to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs supporting its interim final rule that will continue allowing its healthcare professionals to deliver services through the VA in states other than the one in which they are licensed, registered or certified to practice.

The letter, dated Dec. 4, said the rule would expand veterans' access to dental care. The ADA wrote that the rule allows the VA to mobilize its 1,050 dentists and hire qualified dental professionals from any state, quickly assigning them to areas in need.

The ADA said that the rule is also consistent with its own policy on licensure, which states that "provisions for freedom of movement across state lines for all dental professionals should exist to facilitate the provision of quality oral health care to the public."

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