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(By Delegates Perdue, Hatfield, Lawrence, Manypenny, Moye, Perry, D. Poling, Rodighiero, Staggers, Andes, Lane, C. Miller, J. Miller, Rowan and Moore)

[Originating in the Committee on Health and Human Resources; Reported April 8, 2009.]

Requesting the Committee on Government and Finance to conduct a study on the status of oral health in West Virginia's rural communities.

HEREAS , Oral health and dental care in West Virginia is the worst in the nation, resulting in needless pain and suffering; and
WHEREAS, According to 1995-1997 data published by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention in 1999, West Virginia ranked first among all the states in the percentage of people aged 65 and older who had lost all of their natural teeth at 47.9%; and
WHEREAS, Prevention, education and regular care are essential elements in oral health; and
WHEREAS, Only approximately one-half of all West Virginians obtain regular dental care - among persons having a low income, the proportion not receiving care is even higher; and
HEREAS , In West Virginia, the dental decay index is fifty-nine percent higher than the national average for school-aged children; and
WHEREAS, Poor oral health remains a neglected West Virginia epidemic, especially in rural communities -- with 80% of dental caries in children in West Virginia being concentrated in just 25% of the child population; and
HEREAS , Access to treatment remains a problem in many locations in the state among both children and adults. For those persons who are unable to afford dental care, who have limited or no dental insurance, and who are often at highest risk of oral diseases, there needs to be improved access to preventive and treatment services and removal of barriers to the dental care system; and
HEREAS , More avenues of access for improved dental hygiene is needed in West Virginia to assure our citizens adequate oral care; therefore be it
Resolved by the Legislature of West Virginia:
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance is hereby requested to study the status of oral health in West Virginia's rural communities; and, be it
Further Resolved,
That the Joint Committee on Government and Finance report to the regular session of the Legislature, 2010, on its findings, conclusions and recommendations, together with drafts of any legislation necessary to effectuate its recommendations; and, be it
Further Resolved, That the expenses necessary to conduct this study, to prepare a report and to draft necessary legislation be paid from legislative appropriations to the Joint Committee on Government and Finance.
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