ADA and coalition announce support for oral health literacy bill

2016 08 15 14 01 32 982 Law Books 400

Members of the Organized Dentistry Coalition, including the ADA, announced their support for a bipartisan bill that would establish an education campaign promoting oral health literacy among at-risk populations.

If the bill is enacted, $750,000 would be provided to the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration each fiscal year through 2027. The funds would establish a campaign that aims to help prevent common oral conditions, mitigate high-cost emergency care, and encourage more use of the oral healthcare system.

The coalition sent a letter of appreciation to the bill's original sponsors, U.S. Sens. Ben Ray Lujan (D-NM), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Susan Collins (R-ME). The letter relayed that dentists continue to observe significant disparities in dental care by race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status.

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