Senator Jonathan Nichols, R-Norman
For Immediate Release: April 23, 2009
Sen. Jonathan Nichols
Nichols Paves Way for Dental Mission of Mercy
House Bill 1059 by Senator Jonathan
Nichols unanimously passed the Senate and allows greater access
to dental care for Oklahomans in need.
House Bill 1059 permits out-of-state dental licensees
participating in public health initiatives or disaster community
service events to receive a special volunteer license, who wish
to donate their expertise for the dental care and treatment of
indigent and needy persons of the state.
On February 5, 2010, the Oklahoma Dental Association
(ODA) is providing a “Dental Mission of Mercy” at
the Tulsa Convention Center to aid hundreds, if not thousands
of Oklahomans in need of critical dental care. Oklahoma is the
14th state to conduct such a mission, with ODA planning to do
one each year. Oklahoma citizens will receive free extractions,
fillings and cleanings with a special section for children.
Kansas conducted a Mission of Mercy within a 2-day
period and 1,780 patients were served: 660 cleanings, 1,800 filings
and 2,875 extractions equaling $1,015,000 in donated dental care.
“When financial times are tough, we need to
explore every opportunity to provide affordable health care for
Oklahomans,” said Nichols. “The Dental Mission of
Mercy will provide critical dental care and a healthier lifestyle
to our most needy citizens.”
House Bill 1059 now advances to the Governor’s
desk for consideration.
For more information contact:
Sen. Nichols' Office - 405-521-5535