June 08, 2012
Dr. Paul Glassman, professor of dental practice and director of the Pacific Center for Special Care, recently spoke at a June 7 press conference at which United States Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced the Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2012. Senator Sanders is chair of the Subcommittee on Primary Health and Aging for the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Senator Sanders characterized the bill as the most comprehensive dental care legislation ever introduced.
In his remarks, Glassman emphasized the opportunity that introduction of this bill holds for highlighting the poor oral health of many underserved and vulnerable populations and the need for innovative solutions to reach out and provide good oral healthcare to these groups.
The Comprehensive Dental Reform Act of 2012 would extend dental coverage to millions of Americans; increase access points and access to oral health services; use multiple strategies to improve the effectiveness of the oral health workforce; expand education of oral health and other health professionals in order to better integrate oral health into overall healthcare; and fund additional oral health research and evaluation related to the care and needs of underserved and vulnerable populations.
"It was an honor to have the opportunity to work with the committee staff and provide suggestions for the bill and speak at the press conference," said Glassman.
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