Since 1995, AAPD Advocacy has assisted its state units in obtaining medical plan coverage for costs associated with general anesthesia for dental treatment of young and special needs patient. To date, 35 states and Puerto Rico have enacted such legislation. Many other states are currently considering legislation. Our members have also participated in "negotiated settlements" with insurance companies, in order to cover patients under both ERISA and non-ERISA plans. In 2006, AAPD Advocacy added a new federal legislative priority to obtain TRICARE medical insurance coverage of general anesthesia and hospital/facility costs for military dependents when dental services are provided in such settings.

These efforts are coordinated through the AAPD Committee on Dental Benefit Programs (CDBP). Please contact your CDBP district representative for further information or questions.