posted at Daily Kos, Blue Virginia, and Blue Commonwealth
I sit in a house of a friend, in Roanoke County, VA, having just finished the first of two days of volunteering at yet another Mission of Mercy, the free dental projects put on by the Virginia Dental Society, this at the Civic Center in the city of Roanoke. Yes, as of this week, we have new laws revising health insurance coverage in this nation. Yet the need for care for many remains unaddressed, and will remain unaddressed for some time to come. After all, we still insist on separating dental health from general health. The changes in health insurance by themselves do little to address the crisis of dental health, or the lack thereof, for many in this country.
I am neither a dental or a medical professional. I volunteer in dental triage, helping with paperwork and patient flow so that the volunteer dentists with whom I work can devote more of their time to patient care. I have done so in Wise VA in July, Grundy in October, and Springfield 2 weeks ago. And I will return to Wise in July, which is why I will for the first time not be at our annual gathering, this the 5th back at the site of the 1st in Las Vegas.
I have a few thoughts to offer below the fold, which I invite you to read.