H.R. 2422 authorizes $18 million in each of the fiscal years 2018 through 2022 the oral health promotion and disease prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and expands initiatives to enhance oral health education and community-wide dental disease prevention. The bill also authorizes $13.9 million in each of the fiscal years 2018 through 2022 for the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Grants to States to Support Oral Health Workforce Activities, which aim to increase access to dental care in underserved communities.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Feb 26, 2018.
(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on September 25, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)
Action for Dental Health Act 2017
(Sec. 2) This bill amends the Public Health Service Act to reauthorize oral health promotion and disease prevention programs through FY2022.
The Department of Health and Human Services may award grants or enter into contracts to collaborate with state, county, or local public officials and other stakeholders to develop and implement initiatives to: (1) improve oral health education and dental disease prevention; (2) reduce geographic barriers, language barriers, cultural barriers, and other similar barriers in the provision of dental services; (3) establish dental homes for children and adults; (4) reduce the use of emergency departments by individuals who seek dental services more appropriately delivered in a dental primary care setting; or (5) facilitate the provision of dental care to nursing home residents.