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Senate passes Action for Dental Health

October 12, 2018

By Jennifer Garvin

Washington — The Senate on Oct. 11 unanimously passed the Action for Dental Health bill, legislation aimed at improving oral health and access to oral health care.

Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., along with Sens. Bill Cassidy, R-La., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Tim Scott, R-S.C., introduced the bill in June. Reps. Robin Kelly, D-Ill, and Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, introduced the legislation in 2017 and it passed the House in February. The bill will next head to the House for reconciliation.

Action for Dental Health is the ADA's nationwide, community-based movement aimed at ending the dental health crisis in America. With the passage of the Action for Dental Health Act, the ADA hopes the legislation will lead to:

  • Improving oral health education and dental disease prevention.
  • Reducing the use of emergency rooms for dental care.
  • Helping patients establish dental homes.
  • Reducing barriers, including language barriers and cultural barriers, to receiving care.
  • Facilitating dental care to nursing home residents.

For more information about the ADA's Action for Dental Health initiative, visit ADA.org.