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House Committee Moves Dental Promotion Legislation

On Sept. 27, the House Energy and Commerce Committee passed the Action for Dental Health Act of 2017 (H.R.2422), authored by Rep. Robin Kelly (D-IL).  The legislation reauthorizes the oral health promotion and disease prevention programs at the CDC and permits the Centers to award grants or enter into contracts with stakeholders to develop projects to improve oral health education and dental disease prevention. The legislation also reauthorizes Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities and permits states to establish dental homes, mobile or portable dental clinics, initiatives to reduce the use of emergency departments by patients seeking dental services, and initiatives to provide dental care to nursing home residents.

By Patrick Cooney, The Federal Group, Inc.
Legislative Representative, Dental Trade Alliance