Action for Dental Health Year Five
Five years ago, the American Dental Association (ADA) launched Action for Dental Health, a nationwide, community-based movement to improve the oral health of America’s most needy people.
Action for Dental Health has taken root in every state in the nation, and continues to grow as ADA member dentists provide care now to people already suffering from untreated dental disease, strengthen and expand the public/private safety net, and bring dental health education and disease prevention into communities. Action for Dental Health is composed of eight initiatives with individual goals aimed at improving access to care.
Action for Dental Health Act
The Action for Dental Health Act of 2017 (H.R. 2422), introduced by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho and 83 cosponsors, passed the House of Representatives on February 26, 2018 by a vote of 387 to 13.
The Senate introduced the Action for Dental Health Act 2018 (S. 3016), sponsored by Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ), Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-HI) and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), was introduced in June 2018. The Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) will be marking up the bill in July.
The Action for Dental Health Act of 2015 (H.R. 539), first introduced by Reps. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) and Mike Simpson (R-Idaho), allowed organizations to qualify for Centers for Disease Control and Prevention oral health grants to support efforts to improve oral health education and dental disease prevention, and to deliver free dental care to underserved populations. It was referred to the Subcommittee on Health for review.
The Action for Dental Health Act would add no additional burden to taxpayers, but would instead redirect existing resources to the kinds of programs that are already proven to reduce and eliminate the barriers that prevent millions of Americans from achieving good oral health.