Washington — The Organized Dentistry Coalition is supporting new legislation to improve oral health care for children and low-income pregnant women.
In a March 23 letter to Sens. Ben Cardin, D-Md., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., the coalition, led by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, thanked the lawmakers for introducing S 448, the Ensuring Kids Have Access to Medically Necessary Dental Care Act.
“As you know, the Children’s Health Insurance Program provides health coverage to nearly 10 million children nationwide, through both Medicaid and separate CHIP programs,” they wrote.
If enacted, the bill would:
“Our organizations strongly support this legislation and look forward to working with you to secure its passage,” the letter concluded. “Your ongoing leadership and championing of oral health issues, such as improving CHIP, is making a tremendous difference to improve the nation’s oral health.”
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