As demand for dental care skyrockets, Medicaid providers struggle to find an empty chair

The dental clinic buzzed with activity Friday afternoon.

The Augusta Regional Dental Clinic in Fishersville, like many others that serve Medicaid customers across Virginia, has been very busy for months — especially as more and more have learned about the expanded benefits for adults, according to Sophie Parson, director of the clinic.

The need for services is so great, people have called the clinic trying to get an appointment from Louisa County, roughly 60 miles away.

On July 1, Medicaid began covering more dental procedures as a result of Virginia’s decision to expand Medicaid eligibility during former Gov. Ralph Northam’s administration.

“But there is nobody to deliver,” Parson said.

The number of dental providers that accept Medicaid patients has fallen to 1,888 from a peak of 2,031 in 2017, according to data provided by Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services.

“It’s getting to the point where people are refusing to

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8 Killer Tips for Effective Internet Research

Whether you are a blogger, podcaster, journalist or anyone in-between, learning how to use the internet for research is essential.

Online research gives credence to your work, augments your knowledge and boosts your chances for business success.

Proper reasearch proves to readers or even listeners that you are not just making stuff up.

So, how do you use the internet properly and effectively for research?


How to Use the Internet for Research


Online research is not mere Googling or casual Web browsing. Anyone can Google, but few can draw the best results from the abundance of material posted online.

If you want to nail your online research, you need to learn some key skills for performing effective internet searches.

Here are eight tips to help you nail your online research each time.


1. Know what kind of research you want to do.


There are two basic types of research you

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