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Energy and Commerce passes Action for Dental Health bill

July 27, 2017

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The House Energy and Commerce Committee July 27 unanimously passed the Action for Dental Health Act of 2017.

The bill, H.R. 2422, was introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly, D-Ill., and Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Id., and calls for Congress to authorize additional oral health promotion and disease prevention programs.

"The ADA is pleased to see Congress prioritizing dental and public health," said ADA President Gary L. Roberts. "The Action for Dental Health bill will improve oral health in vulnerable populations by enabling organizations to qualify for grants to support activities that improve oral health education and disease prevention. It will also develop and expand outreach programs that facilitate establishing dental homes for children and adults, including the elderly, blind and disabled."

The bill will next go before the full House of Representatives.