President Trump to sign bipartisan dental bill: 3 things to know


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After getting unanimous approval from the House of Representatives and Senate, the Action for Dental Health Act of 2018 is heading to President Donald Trump's desk, according to Big Island Now.

Here are three things to know:

1. The bill is designed to improve oral health by increasing prevention services and improving access to care in underserved rural and urban communities. The Action for Dental Health Act also includes a grant program for states to strengthen oral health workforces.

2. The American Dental Association, National Dental Association and American Dental Education Association, among other professional societies, are in support of the bill.

3. Senators Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.) and Tim Scott (R-S.C.) crafted the bipartisan bill.

"Dental health is critical to overall health outcomes, but far too many individuals and families in Hawaii are unable to access the dental care they need," said Ms. Hirono, according to Big Island Now. "I thank my Senate and House colleagues for supporting the Action for Dental Health Act, which will expand access to critical dental care services, especially in rural and underserved communities. By increasing access to regular and preventive care for the people of Hawaii, we can avoid more serious health outcomes down the road."

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