The ADA is working with lawmakers, public health leaders, and others to help mend the tattered dental safety net. This includes reforming parts of the Medicaid program, which is the largest source of funding for medical and other health-related services for people with low income in the United States.
- Maintaining the federal requirement for states to cover dental services under the Medicaid Early Periodic Screening, Diagnosis, and Treatment (EPSDT) program.
- Requiring states to cover dental services for Medicaid-eligible adults, and exempt all preventive dental services from cost-sharing requirements.
- Preserving the federal financing role in the Medicaid program and update the federal matching formula to address economic changes.
- Enhancing the federal Medicaid matching rate to 90/10 for dental care.
The Association's priorities are based on the major policies and positions (PDF) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
Letters and Testimony
- September 7, 2011—Coalition letter thanking the President and congressional
leaders from exempting Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) from sequestration.
Letters and Testimony reflect the Association's position(s) on specific bills, regulations, and other policy issues, and are based on the major policies and positions (PDF) adopted by the ADA House of Delegates.
Action for Dental Health
Action for Dental Health is the ADA's nationwide, community-based movement aimed at ending the dental health crisis in America.
- Tell your member(s) of Congress to cosponsor H.R. 539, the Action for Dental Health Act of 2015.
- Explore the Action for Dental Health movement.
- View initiatives by state.
Dental Society Resources
The ADA Department of State Government Affairs (DSGA) offers resources to help state and local dental societies benefit from the best practices and lessons learned in other states and municipalities.
For additional information or to request assistance, please contact the DSGA at 312.440.2525 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
STAY INFORMED about the latest legislative and regulatory happenings.
- Subscribe to the monthly e-publication, Government and Public Affairs Update.
- Access the State Legislative Report (members only).
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- Learn about legislative and regulatory issues that could affect dentists as practitioners, employers, and consumers.
TAKE ACTION by talking to your legislators.
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