Tell Congress to Advance the Study of Dental Care for Veterans
Many of our nation’s veterans are currently struggling to access quality dental care. While a small segment of veterans is eligible for dental care through the VA health system, many veterans cannot receive oral health care services and treatment at the VA. As a dentist, you know that when oral health suffers, other chronic health ailments may worsen. The link between oral health and systemic health puts dentists at the frontlines of recognizing adverse health conditions that produce oral signs and symptoms.
Representative Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) has introduced H.R. 2628, the bipartisan Veterans Early Treatment for Chronic Ailment Resurgence through Examinations (VET CARE) Act of 2019, to establish a 4-year pilot program to provide no-cost dental services and treatment to a group of eligible veterans. The pilot seeks to demonstrate whether delivering dental care to veterans yields fewer complications related to chronic ailments, thereby resulting in a lower cost of overall care.
Your Representative sits on the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, where this legislation is currently being considered. Please consider contacting your member of the House to let them know the importance of studying the link between oral and systemic health to help those who have made countless sacrifices for our country.
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