ADEA Washington Update

Action for Dental Health Act Heads to the Senate With ADEA Endorsement

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The Action for Dental Health Act, sponsored by Rep. Robin Kelly, Ph.D. (D-IL), passed the House of Representatives on Feb. 26 and is now heading to the Senate for consideration. This bill authorizes $18 million each year through 2022 to fund oral health promotion and disease awareness programs from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Action for Dental Health enables the CDC to fund grants for medical equipment, operational costs, outreach programs and more. It can also be used to cover transportation costs to dental appointments. Dental schools are among the eligible recipients of the grants.

This bill received bipartisan support with two dentists as cosponsors—Rep. Michael Simpson, D.M.D. (R-ID) and Rep. Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (R-AZ)—as well as endorsements from ADEA and the American Dental Association. Upon enactment, the bill would amend the Public Health Service Act to expand essential dental care services for low-income and other underserved individuals in urban and rural areas. ADEA is working with its oral health partners to ensure this bill continues to move toward final passage.

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