AAPD Advocacy


The mission of the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) is to advance optimal oral health for all children by delivering outstanding service that meets and exceeds the needs and expectations of our members, partners, and stakeholders.

As advocates of children's oral health, the AAPD works closely with legislators, professional associations and health care professionals to develop policies and guidelines, implement research opportunities in pediatric oral health and educate pediatric dentists, health care providers and the public regarding pediatric oral health.

AAPD Advocacy strengthens the voice of pediatric dentistry on behalf of children's oral health at the national and state level. These activities bring pediatric oral health to the forefront of health policy deliberations. A strong, organized and informed advocacy network is essential to ensure effective communication within and among the AAPD headquarters and district and state unit organizations, and to promote effective state and national policy decisions.

This advocacy section provides summaries and resources on current legislative and regulatory issues affecting pediatric dentistry and the various AAPD efforts on your behalf. The reference materials are designed to assist in your advocacy efforts and provide opportunities to become more involved through advocacy training, participation in grassroots efforts and joining our E-Advocates network. All AAPD members are strongly encouraged to become involved in efforts to enhance the oral health care of children.

For further information, please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch Esq., CAE, at slitch@aapd.org.


Latest Advocacy News

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The conference FY 2019 appropriations bill that contains an excellent funding level of $12 million for pediatric dentistry training and support for dental faculty loan repayment with a preference for pediatric dental faculty – as reported in the previous E-News—has cleared Congress and was signed into law by the President on September 28, 2018.
There was positive news from recent committee mark-ups of FY 2019 appropriations legislation related to Labor-Health and Human Services- Education. The full Senate Appropriations Committee approved the legislation by a 30-1 vote on June 28, 2018.
On June 19, 2018, Congresswoman Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y. 9th), Congressman Mike Simpson (R-Idaho 2nd) and Congressman Paul Gosar (R-Ariz. 4th) introduced H.R. 6149, legislation that would exclude from gross income certain federally subsidized dental faculty loan repayment awards under Title VII of the Public Health Service Act.
In late 2017 the AAPD along with the ADA and the Organized Dentistry Coalition wrote a letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) requesting appointment of a new Chief Dental Officer (CDO) and also to prioritize oral health services in a manner equal to medical services.
Download the AAPD’s 2018 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities as developed by the AAPD Council on Government Affairs and approved by the AAPD’s board of trustees.
The AAPD is pleased that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded 13 grants to dental education institutions to enhance clinical predoctoral dental and dental hygiene training focusing on children ages 0-5 to improve the oral health of vulnerable, underserved, and rural pediatric populations.
On September 13, 2017, the AAPD and ADA wrote the Chair and Ranking Member of the Senate Finance Committee in support of reauthorization of the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).
The AAPD is pleased that the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has awarded 10 dental schools or pediatric dental residency programs grants for faculty loan repayment.
On July 19, 2017, the House Appropriations Committee approved the FY 2018 Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations bill by a 28-22 vote.
The U.S. Senate released its healthcare reform proposal on June 22, 2017. The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) has been advocating to Congress since the 2010 passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to improve provisions in that law to enhance children’s oral health coverage.
Details have just been released about a final FY 2017 omnibus budget bill to fund federal programs through the remainder of the fiscal year. Since Oct. 1, 2016, the federal government has been funded via several Continuing Resolutions at the FY 2016 level.
Updated Legislative and Regulatory Priorities
The Treasury Department and IRS released on July 8, 2016 proposed regulations relating to premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act. This included a rule clarifying the inclusion of subsidies for stand-alone pediatric dental plans, as part of the premium tax credit, for plans purchased in a Health Insurance Exchange.
The Senate Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education Appropriations Subcommittee approved a FY2017 funding bill on June 7, followed by full Appropriations Committee passage on June 9, 2016 by a 29-1 vote.
The Connecticut State Budget passed during the 2016 legislative session resulted in a 5% across the board reduction in children’s dental Medicaid reimbursement rates.
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In early January 2016, the AAPD and ADA sent two comment letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) concerning the CMS regulation on Medicaid Programs: Methods for Assuring Access to Covered Medicaid Services issued on Nov. 2, 2015 (CMS-2328-FC). The organizations urged that dental services be included in state Access Monitoring Plans that must be submitted to CMS by July 1, 2016. A number of additional recommendations were made related to market-based reimbursements and me
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Download the AAPD’s 2016 Legislative and Regulatory Priorities as developed by the AAPD Council on Government Affairs and approved by the AAPD’s board of trustees. For further information, please contact AAPD Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel C. Scott Litch at slitch@aapd.org.
As Congressional negotiations on the FY 2016 federal budget continued through-out the fall of 2015, the AAPD, ADA, ADEA, and AADR sent a joint letter to Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee chairs and ranking minority members reminding them of the dental community’s funding requests, including $10 million for Title VII pediatric dentistry.
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) and the American Dental Association (ADA) sent a letter to the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, urging the Center to require states to make the 2017 essential health benefit benchmark plans more transparent in regards to pediatric dental benefits.
As reported in the May 2015 PDT, based on a significant challenge posed by a Medicaid Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) in Nebraska that impacted all Medicaid participating dentists in the state , the Nebraska Society of Pediatric Dentistry and the Nebraska Dental Association (NDA) pursued RAC Audit reform legislation. Legislative bill 315 was introduced, followed by a legislative hearing. During the February 18, 2015 hearing on this bill, both pediatric and general dentists testified including ​
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