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Statement by ADA President John S. Findley on the Dental Emergency Responder Act Introduced Today by Reps. Stupak and Miller

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Washington, D.C., Feb. 5, 2009—"The American Dental Association commends Reps. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.) and Candice Miller (R-Mich.) for introducing the 'Dental Emergency Responder Act' (H.R. 903), a bill that would bolster America's capacity to respond to natural disasters or terrorist attacks by taking advantage of the extensive education, training and professionalism of the nation's dentists.

"This legislation, which calls for no new federal spending, would incorporate dentistry by name into federal and state disaster response frameworks, improving the nation's first-response infrastructure by deploying dentists during a natural or man-made disaster.

"Dentists receive a sound general medical background during their professional education. With proper preparatory training in disaster response, their knowledge and experience can make them valuable assets in the community response to man-made and natural disasters.

"Our nation's capacity to respond to emergencies depends a great deal on mobilizing health professionals at a moment's notice to triage and treat victims. This means utilizing all qualified health care personnel."

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