New law provides millions of American children with access to dental care
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- The Children’s Dental Health Project (CDHP) today applauded the historic dental health care provisions that were recently enacted as part of the health care reform legislation signed into law by President Obama. The provisions contained in the legislation represent an unprecedented investment in the oral health of all Americans, especially children.
Deemed by the U.S. Surgeon General a “silent epidemic,” dental disease remains the most common childhood disease, disproportionately affecting those from low-income families who lack access to adequate care. The provisions contained in the health care reform legislation expand access to dental care for children and families and seek to strengthen the oral health of all Americans while working to promote early and effective prevention.
“Good oral health is essential to good overall health. This new law will help ensure that millions more Americans have access to dental care. This represents a major improvement to our nation’s health care safety net,” said U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman [NM], who led the effort to include dental provisions in the legislation.
“With this legislation, and the historic CHIP reforms passed last year, millions more children are now assured of dental coverage and access to dental care,” said Dr. Burton Edelstein, Founding Chair of the Children’s Dental Health Project. “We have ensured that children’s dental coverage is as important as their medical coverage.”
Among the provisions directed specifically at improving America’s oral health are:
About the Children’s Dental Health Project:
The Children's Dental Health Project advances policies that improve children's access to oral health through research-driven policies and innovative solutions by engaging a broad base of partners committed to children and oral health. For additional information please visit, www.cdhp.org.
Children’s Dental Health Project
Amanda Keating, 202-834-3179
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