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Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono, Tim Scott Intro Bill to Increase Access to Oral Health Care for Underserved Communities

Cory Booker, Mazie Hirono, Tim Scott Intro Bill to Increase Access to Oral Health Care for Underserved Communities

Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ), Mazie Hirono (D-HI), Tim Scott (R-SC), and Bill Cassidy, M.D. (R-LA) introduced a bill that would authorize initiatives that increase access to oral health treatment and prevention services, particularly for underserved communities. The Action for Dental Health Act would reauthorize and expand a grant program through the Health Resources and Services Administration that helps states increase their oral health workforce and provide needed dental care, particularly in underserved communities. It would also establish an Action for Dental Health Program to improve oral health education and reduce barriers to oral health care. Lastly, the legislation would reauthorize oral health promotion and disease prevention activities at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, such as school-based dental sealant programs and support for community water fluoridation. “Oral health is an important part of one’s overall health and well-being, but many people lack access to these essential services -- especially those from underserved communities,” Booker said. “This legislation takes a vital step in addressing those gaps and increasing families’ access to oral health care and preventive services.” Senator Hirono weighed in on behalf of her constituents saying, “Dental health is critical to overall health outcomes, but too many Hawaii families are unable to find or afford the dental care they need. This bill would increase resources for communities across Hawaii to establish regular dental care and reduce barriers to accessing dental services.” Senator Scott added, “I am confident this legislation will help promote better education of dental services and improve availability of care across the country, even in our most underserved communities.” 

Joaquín Castro Preview Bill to Guarantee Members of Congress Access to Immigration Facilities

Joaquín Castro Preview Bill to Guarantee Members of Congress Access to Immigration Facilities

NABJ Announces More Honorees and Hall of Fame Inductees

NABJ Announces More Honorees and Hall of Fame Inductees