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Statement by ADA President Dr. William Calnon on Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Comprehensive Dental Reform Act

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Rob Raible:  Telephone: 202-789-5166  Email: raibler@ada.org
Richard Green: Telephone: 202-789-5170  Email: greenr@ada.org

“The ADA is pleased that Senator Sanders’ bill recognizes that the barriers that impede too many Americans from attaining good oral health are numerous, and that addressing only one or a few of them will not appreciably improve what all agree is an unacceptable situation.  The ADA has written to Sen. Sanders to express support for  much of the bill and to offer suggestions intended to strengthen some provisions, but also to express the Association’s continued opposition to expending precious federal dollars on unproven and, we believe, unnecessary programs to expand the use of so-called midlevel dental providers.

“We hope that our few areas of disagreement do not obscure our welcoming Sen. Sanders to this fight.  His bill aims high, and that has long been needed.  We fully support his intent, to help extend good oral health to all Americans, and we applaud his leveraging his influence as a United States senator in pursuit of that goal.”

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