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ADA Activates Grassroots in Support of Pro Bono Dental Care Bill

March 18, 2014

The ADA Washington Office on March 11 alerted approximately 47,000 of the Association’s dentist members to the need to build more support in Congress for the Coordination of Pro Bono Medically Recommended Dental Care Act (H.R. 963/ S. 466). This legislation would provide grant money to support national dental programs that coordinate medically recommended dental care for low-income children and adults. Volunteer dentists deliver this care at no cost to patients who have medical conditions like diabetes, cancer, or kidney disease. This legislation would ensure that money is available to coordinate the provision of care and to verify the medical, dental, and financial needs of eligible low-income patients. The alert urges ADA members to contact their representatives and senators and stress the importance of cosponsoring this legislation. ADA members have sent more than 3,000 emails to their lawmakers on the issue.

So far the bill has 23 cosponsors in the House, and four in the Senate.  Note: If you are not receiving grassroots action alerts, you can sign up to do so here.