State Sen. Becky Massey (R-District 6) has been recognized by the Rural Health Association of Tennessee for her outstanding support in providing healthcare services to children and adults in the state’s rural communities.
Massey recently received the group’s “Legislator of the Year” award.
Massey was awarded the association’s 2019 Legislator of the Year for her efforts to enact Public Chapter 319. This law expands the practice of dental hygienists to expand their services to rural Tennesseans, particularity with children.
“Poor dental hygiene is a chronic problem in rural Tennessee,” a RHAT press release stated. “The shortage of providers exacerbates this problem. Public Chapter 319 will provide greater access to professional dental care for more rural Tennesseans.”
“I am honored to receive this award,” Massey said. “It is very important that patients have access to treatment in rural communities in our state.
“I look forward to continuing to work with the Rural Health Association to bring quality healthcare to Tennesseans in rural areas of our state,” she added.
Rural Health Association of Tennessee is a 30-year-old organization and is a member of the National Rural Health Association. Their mission is to improve the health of rural Tennesseans through advocacy, communication, education, and legislation.