Friday, Feb 1, 2013
The U.S. House of Representatives, on Jan. 22, 2013, passed and sent to the Senate ADA-backed dental emergency responder legislation.
The 395-29 bipartisan vote revives legislation to recognize the importance of dentists and dental facilities to the nation's medical surge capacity without mandating participation by dentists. H.R. 307 would reauthorize several pandemic medical disaster and emergency response programs. Dental responder legislation has gone through several iterations in several Congresses with widespread professional and congressional support but fallen short of final passage.