Washington, D.C. — Senators Ted Budd (R-NC) and Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) Action for Dental Health Act was included in the Bipartisan Primary Care and Health Workforce Act that passed out of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) Committee.
The legislation would reauthorize and expand a grant program through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration that helps states increase their oral health workforce and provide needed dental care.
Sen. Budd said in a statement:
“Expanding access to oral healthcare at the primary care level is crucial for improving health outcomes through prevention. I’m glad to work across the aisle to pass this bill through the HELP committee and look forward to working with the full Senate to get it across the finish line.”
Sen. Booker said:
“Oral health is crucial to one’s overall health, but many people, especially those from underserved communities, lack access to these vital services. This bipartisan legislation takes an important step in addressing our nation’s health disparities and ensuring more people have access to oral health care. I applaud my colleagues on the Senate HELP committee for passing this bill and look forward to a full vote in the Senate.”