AAPD Statement on Senate Subcommittee Hearing

On March 5, 2012, the AAPD filed a written statement for the record with the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. This was in response to the subcommittee’s Feb. 29, 2012, hearing on Dental Crisis in America: The Need to Expand Access. While the subcommittee’s focus on this important issue was welcomed, the AAPD expressed concern that the hearing fixated on dental therapists as being a purported solution to access, rather than carefully analyzing barriers to care and highlighting strategies far more likely to obtain successful results. The AAPD testimony is an encapsulation of the Academy’s wide-ranging efforts to improve access to oral health care for children and promote effective policy solutions, including reforms of Medicaid dental programs that have been enacted to date in only a handful of states. For further information, contact AAPD Pediatric Oral Health Research and Policy Center Assistant Director Jan Silverman at POHRPC@aapd.org.

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