Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) announced what they said is “the most sweeping legislation ever to address the national crisis in dental care” at a Capitol Hill news conference June 7, “The Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2012“. The bill would authorize dental care for Medicare, Medicaid and Veterans Administration beneficiaries, increase access to dental services and boost the number of dental providers serving the poor (Senate bill – S. 3272 and corresponding House bill – H.R. 5909). Just 3% of all Senate bills in 2009–2010 were enacted, and this bill is given only a 2% chance of being enacted. 37 organizations support the bill, although the American Dental Association is not among those.

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