Action for Dental Health Bill Picks Up Cosponsors on First Day
January 30, 2015
Reps. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) and Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) this week introduced the Action for Dental Health Act of 2015 (H.R. 539) a bill to support efforts nationwide to improve the dental health of underserved people. Rep. Simpson (R-Idaho), a dentist, joined Rep. Kelly as lead Republican cosponsor.
The bill takes its name from the American Dental Association’s (ADA) Action for Dental Health, a nationwide, community-based movement to deliver care now to people already suffering with dental disease. Action for Dental Health is intended to strengthen and expand the public/private safety net, and bring dental health education and disease prevention into underserved communities.
The Action for Dental Health Act will allow organizations to qualify for HHS oral health grants to support activities that improve oral health education and dental disease prevention, including developing and expanding outreach programs that will facilitate establishing dental homes for children and adults, including the elderly, blind and disabled.
The bill would add no additional burden to taxpayers. Rather, it would redirect existing resources to the kinds of programs that are already proven to reduce and eliminate the barriers that prevent millions of Americans from achieving good oral health.