SENATE OVERRIDES VETO OF BILL TO INCREASE DENTAL ACCESS IN UNDERSERVED AREAS
AUGUSTA – In a 30-5 vote, the Senate voted to override Governor LePage’s veto of a bill sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Troy Jackson of Allagash to increase dental access in underserved areas by providing professional providers with unpaid student loans with tax credits.
“Rural areas don’t have the same access to dental care that urban areas in Maine have,” said Senator Jackson. “This bill will allow dentist with unpaid student loans to practice in these underserved areas.”
The measure extends the existing dental care access tax credit by requiring the Department of Health and Human Services oral health program to certify up to 5 eligible dentists who have unpaid student loans and practice full time in underserved areas for at least 5 years.
The veto of the bill, LD 440, “An Act to Support Community Health Centers through Tax Credits for Dentists and Primary Care Professionals Practicing in Underserved Areas,” will now be sent to the House for an override vote. The House previously approved the bill in a 98-45 vote.