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More people need access to oral health -- Adam Brabender

April 7, 2017 GMT

I agree with the bill discussed in Saturday’s story ” Bill would expand opportunity,” which would ease restrictions on dental hygienists. But I don’t think this bill goes far enough.

Congress had a chance to expand dental health coverage to millions of Americans last session. A bill was introduced by Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont that would have opened up dental coverage for Medicare patients. This would have reduced cost for many seniors and people with disabilities. It also would have expanded coverage to Medicaid and rural areas. This proposal failed under Republican leadership. No such bill is being proposed in the current Congress.

It’s time we raise our voices and demand Congress expand Medicare and Medicaid.

Adam Brabender, Madison