Washington state OKs legislation creating a dental program for FAS citizens

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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee (Official Photo)

Washington State Governor Jay Inslee signed into law Senate Bill 5274, which creates a dental care program for residents of the state who are citizens of the Marshall Islands, Palau, and the Federated States of Micronesia. The new law facilitates access to oral health insurance to low-income Micronesian citizens.

According to the FSM public information office, the Washington State legislature unanimously passed the law, which was advocated by the COFA Alliance National Network or CANN.

Joe Enlet, the FSM’s Consul General in the U.S. State of Oregon and the President of CANN issued a statement following the passage of the law. Enslet said there continues to be growing bipartisan support for the Micronesian community, and many lawmakers have come around to better understand, and befriend, the Micronesian community living the U.S. state.

Another existing legislation in Washington provides healthcare coverage to low-income Micronesians living in the state.