Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust Chair Dr. Robin Kelly Recognizes National Children’s Dental Health Month
Today, U.S. Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) released the following statement recognizing National Children’s Dental Health Month.
“Each February, we mark National Children’s Dental Health Month to underscore the importance of instilling healthy dental habits early and ensuring that our kids have access to quality oral health care.
“We must recognize that access to dental health care across the country is not equal. Each year, nearly fifty million Americans, including 16 million low-income children in underserved communities, go without the oral health services they need. As Chairwoman of the CBC Health Braintrust I remain committed to reducing dental care disparities across the country and will work to strengthen dental education and disease prevention programs and support initiatives that bring dental care to those without access.”
Earlier this year, Congresswoman Robin Kelly (D-IL) introduced H.R. 539, the Action for Dental Health Act of 2015, with Congressman Mike Simpson (R-ID). This legislation will target crucial federal dollars to state and local dental organizations to provide proven oral health care services in a manner that effectively addresses the barriers to dental care many Americans face. This bill would have a significant impact on many underserved communities.