Department Health Policy| Volume 28, ISSUE 6, P565-567, November 2014

Impact of Affordable Care Act on Children's Oral Health: States Hold the Key

      University of California—San Francisco

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      Karen G. Duderstadt, Clinical Professor, Department of Family Health Care Nursing, School of Nursing, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA.