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Report on Oral Health

SECTION 189.   The department of public health's office of oral health and the center for health information and analysis shall submit a report not later than December 31, 2013 to the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on public health, the house and senate chairs of the joint committee on health care financing, the chairs of the house and senate committees on ways and means on the oral health care needs of residents living with disabilities. The report shall include, but not be limited to, the following information: (i) barriers to accessing dental health care for persons living with disabilities; (ii) the capacity of the current dental health care system to address the oral health needs of persons living with disabilities, with a focus on the availability of specialized equipment, the extent of provider training to treat this population and any geographic disparities that may exist; and (iii) a projection of what additional resources, if any, are necessary to fully address this need.