The ADA wrote U.S. Rep. Andy Kim, D-NJ, to thank him for the introduction of the Dental Care for Our Troops Act, which would improve the oral health of servicemembers and aid in military readiness.
In the May 15 letter, ADA President George R. Shepley, D.D.S., and ADA Executive Director Raymond A. Cohlmia, D.D.S., said the Association strongly urges the House and Senate Armed Services Committees to include the Dental Care for Our Troops Act in the 2024 National Defense Authorization Act.
“The ADA applauds your leadership on this issue and stands ready to work with you to improve access to oral health care for members of the reserves and the National Guard,” Drs. Shepley and Cohlmia wrote.
The Dental Care for Our Troops Act would provide premium-free TRICARE dental coverage to reserve component servicemembers. About 130,000 reservists and members of the National Guard do not have any form of health insurance, let alone dental coverage.