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President Barack Obama's strategy to combat Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is being scrutinized in Congress, where the expanded military campaign has broad support but faces skepticism after more...More >>
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It took only 25 minutes for a Montgomery County jury to convict a 32-year-old man for a home invasion that left the homeowner suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. The crime happened April 8, 2013More >>
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Hurricane Ivan struck Alabama's coastline 10-years-ago on Tuesday. The storm came ashore packing winds of 120 miles an hour which made it a strong category three hurricane. Remarkably, there were no fatalitiesMore >>
Hurricane Ivan struck Alabama's coastline 10-years-ago on Tuesday. The storm came ashore packing winds of 120 miles an hour which made it a strong category three hurricane.More >>
MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) -
Dr. David Cawley with Dental Concepts, LLC on Carmichael Road in Montgomery sees about 200 patients a week including medicaid patients that the recent pew study shows many dentists won't accept.
"I'm getting Medicaid patients that are driving 50 to 60 miles one way who are on the outskirts that are needing to find a private practice or a group setting office that will accept," Dr. Cawley said.
Dentists cite multiple factors for why, including low reimbursement rates and burdensome administrative procedures.
"[Officials need] to make sure that the compensation is enough where the dentists who is serving the poor and the under served will not go out of business," Dr. Cawley said.
Alabama's under served population is what puts the state high on the list at number three. The study reveals 24% of the state's residents live in shortage areas and have limited expectation of receiving dental care. Dr. Cawley believes one reason for the decline in dentists is the high debt associated with dental school and little to no incentive for becoming a dentist.