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ADA Calls for All Stakeholders to Work Together to Help Medicaid
Date:2/14/2008

"Deamonte's Law" (H.R. 2371), addresses dental workforce needs by providing grants to dental schools and qualified hospitals to increase the pursuit of pediatric dentistry.

The ADA said better and more comprehensive data of dental services needs should be collected to ensure Medicaid targets its resources more effectively. It also calls for an assessment of Medicaid and SCHIP program effectiveness.

Increasing education efforts to ensure that parents are aware both of the important role oral health play in overall health and the dental benefits available to enrolled children are very important, the ADA said, as is support for the Medicaid program's efforts to monitor dental service utilization to ensure access for all children enrolled in the program.

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 155,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. JADA, a monthly journal, is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's Web site at http://www.ada.org.


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