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Iowa Dentist Shortage

The Deparment of Health and Human Services is reporting a critical shortage of dentists in Iowa's underserved counties.  They say fifty-five of Iowa's 99 counties are designated as "dentist shortage areas".  To increase the number of dentists in rural areas, public and private agencies are sponsoring a loan repayment program to help dentists with their school debt.  To be eligible for the loan repayment program, dentists agree to practice in a shortage area and devote at least 35-percent of their practice to Medicaid-eligible, elderly, disabled, and other underserved patients over a three-year period.

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