Sanders, Cummings Introduce Sweeping Bills on Dental Crisis WASHINGTON, June 7 Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. ElijahE. Cummings (D-Md.) today introduced the most sweeping legislationever to address the national crisis in dental care. Rolled Aluminum Plate
As many as 130 million Americans do not have dental insurance,according to a report prepared for Sanders as chairman of theSenate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging. One quarter ofU.S. adults ages 65 and older have lost all of their teeth. About17 million low-income children do not see a dentist each year,according to the study. Aluminium Strip Coil Manufacturer
When we talk about the health care crisis in America we oftenignore a very important aspect of that crisis; that tens ofmillions of Americans are unable to access affordable dental careand they suffer as a result of that, Sanders told a newsconference on Capitol Hill. Today, by introducing what we believeis the most comprehensive dental care legislation in Americanhistory, we start addressing that issue. This bill recognizes the important role of dental care in overallhealth and expands coverage to those who have so often been leftbehind, Cummings said. Disparities are systemic in ournation s health care system and have resulted in unacceptabledifferences in access and health care outcomes. China Aluminum Wire Rod
That is why I amproud to introduce this legislation with Sen. Sanders to ensurethat every person has access to affordable dental care and theopportunity to enjoy a long, healthy life. The legislation introduced in the Senate and House would expandcomprehensive dental coverage to millions of Americans throughMedicare, Medicaid, and the Department of Veterans Affairs. The measures would authorize funding to increase access to dentalservices at community health centers and boost support for mobileclinics and dental clinics in schools. Their twin bills also would address a severe and worsening shortageof dentists in the United States, especially in rural areas andinner cities.
While the federal government estimates that at least9,500 more dentists and other oral health care professionals areneeded to meet the nation s needs, dental schools aren t evengraduating enough dentists to replace those who retire each year. The legislation would expand National Health Services Corpsscholarship programs. It also would create new pilot programs toencourage training for specially-trained therapists who can helpclose vast gaps in patient care by performing some procedures nowoffered only by dentists. To integrate oral health care with overall health care, additionalsupport would be authorized for programs to educate non-dentalhealth professionals about oral health.