Former Insurance Exec Turned Whistleblower, Wendell Potter, Exposed the Dental Crisis in the US and Ohio

Wendell Potter visit Ohio for a 3 day stint in Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati. He spoke to consumers about his experience as an insurance industry PR exectuive who used the tactic FUD, Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt, to influence public policy and public opinion. He likened his work to what organized denistry is currently doing against mid-level dental providers, called Dental Therapists. Mr. Potter explained how he "saw the light" at a Remote Area Medical event where he saw hundreds of people line up at the crack of dawn to recieve much needed medical and dental care.

The second half of his presentations were open discussions with consumers to discuss what we can do to fight against organized denistry's FUD tactics. Thanks to Ohio Aids Coalition, Ohio Public Health Association and UHCAN Ohio.


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Supreme Court Decision Could Take Away Financial Help for Over 234,000 Ohioans Enrolled in Markplace in King V. Burwell Decision

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

King v Burwell Threatens Ohio, the Nation

Michele Jawando, Vice President of Legal Progress for the Center for American Progress and Cathy Levine, Executive Director, UHCAN Ohio and Co-Chair OCHC.
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Consumers, consumer advocates and a legal expert today urged the U.S. Supreme Court to ignore the flimsy arguments of plaintiffs in the case of King v Burwell and confirm that Congress intended all Marketplace plan enrollees to receive federal subsidies when it passed the Affordable Care Act in 2010. 

 “Having health issues that require a lot of treatment –for me, the Affordable Health Care Act was a blessing,” said Kamari Odai, a substitute teacher who is not provided health coverage by his job. Watch Kamari’s video at

Thanks for a Successful Dental Access Now! Advocacy Day!

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Advocacy Day! Now is the time to bring Dental Therapists to Ohio! #FillTheGap

Yesterday, dozens of advocates from across the state gathered in Columbus to meet with lawmakers and to call for more dental providers. Many of the advocates are from Ohio’s 84 Dental Health Professional Shortage areas, where there are simply not enough dentists to meet the needs in the community. 

“One measure of good oral health care is access to dental professionals. On this measure Ohio is failing,” said David Maywhoor, project director of Dental Access Now!. “We have communities that have no dentists. We have communities where there are no dentists who serve Medicaid patients and our safety net clinics have long waiting lists. The need for care is simply greater than Ohio’s current dental workforce.”

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