State representative and Senator-Elect David Sater, of Cassville, was recently presented with the Missouri Dental Association's (MDA) 2012 Legislative Excellence Award in recognition of his outstanding support for improved dental health across the state and the establishment of a Medicaid Dental Carve Out. "Senator-Elect Sater has been a true champion of oral health in Missouri," said Vicki Wilbers, MDA executive director. "His leadership has set the stage for necessary changes that give those in need a better chance of attaining dental care. That means a lot to us as an association, but it most certainly means more to those patients who are receiving what is in some cases life-altering care." As chair of the Health Care Policy committee and member of the Health Insurance committee in the Missouri House of Representatives, Sater helped support and pass the Carve Out legislation, which allows state funds for dental Medicaid services to be set aside in the state's Medicaid budget. "As a public servant, I am honored and humbled that MDA would designate me for this award," said Sater. "Working to pass legislation that makes better use of taxpayer dollars and opens the door to those in need to access oral healthcare is a no-brainer in my book. Our constituents trust us to be responsible stewards of our state resources. I strongly support the principle that many times you can do more with less." Sater, who was first elected to the Missouri General Assembly in 2004, is also a member and founder of the Pregnancy Care Center in Aurora and a member of the Cassville Area Chamber of Commerce, the Missouri Pharmaceutical Association and Habitat for Humanity. He has served as president of the American Cancer Society and participated in two, three-week medical mission trips to Honduras. Pictured above, from left, are: Sater and Wilbers.