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Dentist lawmaker Rep. Mike Simpson (R-Idaho) on Thursday, Sept. 10, introduced House Resolution 416, recognizing community water fluoridation as a “vitally important public health initiative” on its 70th anniversary.
The Food and Drug Administration's proposed revision of the required "nutrition facts" labeling for packaged foods would include a requirement for food manufacturers to include a separate line for added sugar content.
The National Institutes of Health recently proposed an agency-wide five-year strategic plan that includes a greater emphasis on evidence-based practices, and the ADA offered its support.
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.
The House of Representatives last month passed the Protect Medical Innovation Act (H.R. 160), which would repeal the 2.3-percent excise tax on medical devices included in the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
The Senate on Thursday passed the Older Americans Act (OAA) reauthorization bill (S. 192) by unanimous consent.
The ADA was one of 42 health organizations signing onto a letter sent last week to members of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, urging them to strip language from the subcommittee’s appropriations “discussion draft” that would exempt many non-traditional tobacco products from FDA regulation.
The ADA-supported Action for Dental Health Act (H.R. 539), introduced earlier this year by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.), now has 50 bipartisan cosponsors.
The chairmen and ranking members of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees and Military Personnel Subcommittees heard from the ADA last week, outlining concerns about the Senate Committee-passed version of the 2016 National Defense Authorization Act that would reduce the rank for the chief dental officers serving in the United States armed forces.
CMS yesterday announced a one-year delay in the enforcement of the Medicare Part D prescriber enrollment requirement to June 1, 2016.
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