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House Subcommittee on Health passes Action for Dental Health bill

June 29, 2017

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The House's Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Health June 29 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.

On May 17, Dr. Cheryl D. Watson-Lowry testified on behalf of the ADA's Action for Dental Health initiative during the subcommittee's hearing on the bill. During her testimony, Dr. Watson-Lowry, a Chicago general dentist, focused on two of the program's initiatives: emergency room referral programs and the ADA's Community Dental Health Coordinator program.

"This bill will allow organizations to qualify for oral health grants to support activities that improve oral health education and dental disease prevention and develop and expand outreach programs that facilitate establishing dental homes for children and adults, including the elderly, blind and disabled," Dr. Watson-Lowry said.

The bill will next go before the full House Committee on Energy and Commerce.