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About the South Dakota Dental Association
The South Dakota Dental Association is the membership organization of dentists and allied dental staff in South Dakota. The SDDA has nearly 500 dentist members and more than 500 allied dental staff members statewide. Founded in 1883, the SDDA's mission is to promote the art and science of dentistry and the oral health of the public; educate the public on the benefits of quality preventive and restorative dentistry as provided by the entire dental health care team; and be of service to its members regarding practice health and their general welfare.

 

Smile with PRIDE logoSmile With PRIDE Care for the People of Rosebud Continues
The SDDA and the St. Francis Mission have created a partnership that is helping to improve the oral health of the members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. SDDA member volunteers have helped hundreds of people living on the Rosebud Reservation, however there continues to be a great need for dental care. The SDDA and the Mission are seeking more volunteers to provide care to patients at the Mission's dental clinic. No credentialing is required - volunteers need only a valid license to practice in South Dakota. Volunteers can provide care according to their availability - anywhere from one day to a full week. Interested volunteers should contact Paul Knecht or Brenda Goeden at the SDDA office by calling 605-224-9133 or email to paul.knecht@sddental or brenda.goeden@sddental.org. We are currently seeking volunteers for the following dates in 2016: September 12-16 and September 19-23. For more information about the St. Francis Mission Dental Clinic go to: http://sfmdental.com/.
 

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Medicaid Providers Required to Provide Interpretation Services to Those with Limited English Proficiency


The enforcement of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care prohibits entities that receive federal financial assistance from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, disability and sex.  The rule applies to Medicaid providers. Compliance requirements include requiring covered entities to "provide meaningful access to individuals with limited English proficiency" as well as providing qualified interpreters and translators. The compliance date for the notices is Oct. 16. The rest of the rule went into effect July 18.

The rule requires offices to post notices of nondiscrimination as well as taglines in the top 15 non-English languages spoken in the state indicating that free language assistance services are available.
The notices must be posted in the dental office, on the website and in any significant publications and communications. For smaller items, such as postcards and tri-fold brochures, the practice may use a shorter nondiscrimination statement and taglines in the state's top two non-English languages spoken.

This link provides the translated information offices are required to post: http://www.hhs.gov/civil-rights/for-individuals/section-1557/translated-resources/index.html.

The 15 most spoken languages (other than English) in South Dakota are German; Chinese; Karen; Vietnamese; Nepali; Serbo-Croatian; Amharic; Sudanic; Tagalog; Korean; Russian; Cushite; Ukrainian; and, French.

 

Medicaid providers in South Dakota have access to live translation services Delta’s language line. 

 

Additionally, the ADA has prepared resources to aid in compliance with the rule, including an FAQ and checklist. Visit ADA.org/1557. There are also sample materials available on the OCR's website at www.hhs.gov/ocr.