New Bill Improves Dental Care Access for Vets

Earlier this month, the Senate passed a new bill that will allow our nation’s veterans to purchase low premium dental coverage from private insurers. Sen. Richard Burr, R-NC, sponsored the VA Dental Insurance Reauthorization Act, which was passed on July 13th, according to a recent ADA article. The program was first established as a pilot in 2014 and will serve all eligible veterans, survivors and dependents who participate in the Veterans Affairs system. Veterans who are already eligible to receive dental care directly from the VA will not be affected, but those who previously lacked coverage will now have access to premium dental insurance at a low cost.

American Dental Association (ADA) President Carol Gomez Summerhays, who is herself a third-generation Navy veteran, said “We’re supportive of all efforts to extend dental coverage to veterans, and reauthorizing this program certainly would do that. Anything that deals with the military and veterans is very important to me.”

Sen. Burr added in a news release, “ Making sure veterans have dental care is the right thing to do. The veterans’ dental insurance pilot program has a track record of success, and it is time to open it up to all veterans. Medical professionals have long known that proper dental care is linked to better overall health. I am pleased the Senate has recognized the value of this dental benefit for veterans and has passed my bill.”

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