Welcome to another installment of our Top 3 Local series. Here we strive to highlight three stories featuring “local people, making local decisions.” You might call it “federalism in action.”

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FOR MOTIVATION: How states can restrain Medicaid dental costs – and improve access to care
A new study, published by State Budget Solutions, notes that many dentists will not treat Medicaid patients. Some reasons for this include:

  • High administrative burdens of Medicaid filing
  • Low reimbursement rates resulting in low financial returns
  • Comparative economic loss when there is a surplus of other, higher-paying patients

Following the enactment of the Affordable Care Act, all fifty states can expect higher demand for dental services from their Medicaid populations – to the order of 51.9% for adults and 15.9% for children.

Dental Service Organizations (DSOs) will play a crucial role in meeting this heightened demand – if regulators allow them. “DSOs relieve dentists of various administrative tasks, allowing them to spend more time actually practicing dentistry,” according to State Budget Solutions’ CEO & Chief Economist J. Scott Moody, a co-author of the study.

FOR INSPIRATION: Employee Freedom Week
August 16 – 22 is National Employee Freedom Week (NEFW), which calls attention to workers’ rights to opt-out of their unions. According to the organizers, “NEFW empowers workers by informing them of their choices, sharing alternatives that may better serve their needs and providing them the resources needed to make the choice that’s best for them.”

To learn more, or to help spread the word, visit

FOR FUN: DC’s Truckeroo
Who doesn’t love food trucks? (Aside from overzealous kill-joy regulators, that is.) In our nation’s capital, Truckeroo is a monthly festival starring the most-loved food trucks in the region. For details, visit

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