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The American Dental Association joined with 129 other health care professional groups, patient advocacy organizations and universities in asking the Senate to strike language from the fiscal year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (S. 2943) that would severely restrict medical research at the Department of Defense.
Rep. Buddy Carter (R-Ga.) introduced a bill last week, the Dental and Optometric Care Access Act ("DOC Access Act," H.R. 3323), that would eliminate the insurance company practice of setting prices on procedures not compensated by plans, or non-covered services, and would specifically address insurance plans that fall under federal jurisdiction.
Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), chair of the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s subcommittee on health care, recently authorized the publication of individual chapters of last year’s report on the state of minority health care.
ADA President Dr. Maxine Feinberg testified today before the House Appropriations Committee’s Labor-HHS subcommittee asking Congress to adequately fund dental research, emphasizing the need to better establish a link between dental disease and sugar consumption.
As expected, ADA lobbying has kept provisions that would reduce military chief dental officer ranks out of the 2017 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA, H.R. 4909).
The Senate Judiciary Committee recently held a hearing on unfair methods of competition.
Slightly more Americans enjoy the benefits of fluoridated drinking water, according to a new report issued last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) last week asked the House Appropriations Committee to redirect an extra $2 million of defense funding toward military dental research.
Responding to concerns from the ADA and other organizations, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) again delayed enforcing a rule that dentists and other providers must enroll in Medicare to prescribe drugs to beneficiaries.
The ADA outlined its requests for fiscal year 2017 oral health funding in a letter last week to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees.
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