Key AAPD Leader Testifies, AAPD and ADA Provide Written Testimony to Oversight Subcommittee Regarding Medicaid Dental Reform

On October 7, 2009, the United States House of Representatives’ Oversight Committee’s Subcommittee on Domestic Policy held a hearing on children’s dental issues in Medicaid. The entire hearing may be viewed online at:


One of the witnesses testifying was Dr. Joel H. Berg, D.D.S., M.S., who spoke about the success of the Access to Baby and Child Dentistry (ABCD) program in Washington State. Berg is the Lloyd and Kay Chapman Chair for Oral Health Chair, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, at the University of Washington. He is also the current Secretary-Treasurer of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD).


The AAPD and the American Dental Association (ADA) also submitted joint written testimony for the record. This testimony documents successful Medicaid dental reforms in several key states, specifically highlighting the positive impact of market-based reimbursement reform on dentist participation and patient utilization in Medicaid.


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