January 17, 2008
California State Assemblywoman Mary Hayashi (D-Hayward) visited the Arthur A. Dugoni School of Dentistry on Jan. 11 to talk with students and faculty about children's oral health care legislation. Hayashi, with the support of the California Dental Association, authored a bill during the 2007 legislative session to increase the reimbursement rates for low-income children under the Children's Dental Disease and Prevention Program. Gov. Schwarzenegger vetoed the bill in Octobr, citing budget shortfalls.
"The Children's Dental Disease and Prevention Program served more than 250,000 children last year," said Hayashi. "We need to lift the $10 per child cap so that more dentists can provide sealants and other preventive dental care for low-income children."
Hayashi also spoke to students and faculty members about the importance of becoming involved in the legislative process, since state lawmakers regulate dental licensing and other issues that affect dentistry.
"Having a state lawmaker urge us, as dental students, to participate in the legislative process is encouraging," said Rob Passamano, class of 2009 CDA representative. "By continuing Pacific's legacy of involvement in organized dentistry, we can be effective advocates for change."
Elected to the State Assembly in 2006, Hayashi is a member of the revenue and tax, budget and health committees. She serves the 18th Assembly District, which includes San Leandro, Hayward, Dublin, most of Castro Valley and Pleasanton, and a portion of Oakland, as well as the unincorporated areas of Ashland, Cherryland and San Lorenzo.
Category Type: Dental Issues and Research
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