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ADA Lobbies for Passage of HR 4, the Jobs for America Act

September 17, 2014 This week, the House of Representatives will vote on pro-growth legislation, the Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4), ADA-supported legislation sponsored by Rep. Dave Camp (R-Mich.) that pulls together provisions from several bills to address jobs and economic growth, regulatory reform, taxes, and other related issues.  This omnibus bill will contain language that would give Congress a greater role in preventing the implementation of rules that lawmakers think could hinder business.

This bill also could resolve the issue of an Affordable Care Act requirement that dentists complete paperwork either to enroll in or opt out of Medicare prescribe medication for Medicare-eligible patients, even though Medicare doesn’t cover most dental care.  

If passed, the bill would enhance the ability of Congress to ensure that unfunded mandates such as the Medicare Part D rule can be examined during the entire regulatory process.  Other provisions would require federal agencies to give dentists and other groups an opportunity for input during the rulemaking process, and would allow the ADA to sue the government when agencies finalize significant rules that cause undue burdens on dentistry.  Another important provision would require Congress to ensure that all new major fit the scope and spirit of the law.  This would be an important step toward holding both regulators and Congress accountable for regulations imposed on the private sector.