Sending Office: Brownley (CA), Julia
Cosponsor the Dental Care for Veterans Act
116th Congress Co-sponsors: Beatty, Bustos, Carbajal, Cisneros, Clarke, Clay, Cohen, Cox, Craig, Cummings, Davis, DeFazio, Gabbard, Garcia, Grijalva, Harder, Hastings, Jackson Lee, Johnson Jr., Kelly, Khanna, Kilmer, Krishnamoorthi, Kuster, Lee, Lipinski,
Lofgren, Maloney, McGovern, Meeks, Moore, Mucarsel-Powell, Murphy, Moore, Napolitano, Norton, Ocasio-Cortez, Pappas, Peterson, Pingree, Quigley, Rose, Rouda, Roybal-Allard, Ruppersberger, Rush, Ryan, Schakowsky, Schneider, Scott, Soto, Torres, Trahan, Van
Drew, Waters, Watson Coleman, Welch, Wilson
115th Congress Co-sponsors: Beatty, Bustos, Cohen, Davis, DeFazio, Grijalva, Jackson Lee, Kelly, Khanna, Kilmer, Krishamoorthi, Kuster, Lipinski, Lofgren, Maloney, Moore, Murphy, Napolitano, Norton, Peterson, Quigley, Reed, Ryan, Schakowsky, Welch
I write to request your support for the Dental Care for Veterans Act, H.R. 96, which would expand eligibility for dental care to all veterans enrolled in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) healthcare system.
Current law limits eligibility for VA dental care to veterans with a service-connected disability rated at 100%; veterans with a service-connected dental condition; former prisoners of war; and homeless veterans. Dental care is also available if a dental
condition is aggravating a service-connected condition or complicates treatment of that condition. Those who do not fall within these categories cannot access dental care from the VA, making dental care too expensive for many veterans.
This legislation would eliminate the current statutory eligibility restrictions for VA dental care and expand eligibility for VA dental care to all veterans enrolled in the system. Dental care would become part of the standard medical benefits package for
all enrolled veterans.
This bill will improve the physical health and welfare of our veterans and will ensure that veterans’ dental records are maintained in VA’s electronic health records system, as VA healthcare providers are often unable to see dental records of veterans who
receive care outside of the VA or as part of the VA’s Community Care programs, thus preventing these providers from associating major health issues with a veteran’s dental health.
The Dental Care for Veterans Act will improve the physical health and welfare of our veterans by providing dental care to all veterans enrolled in VA’s healthcare system. If you would like to co-sponsor the Dental Care for Veterans Act, or would like additional
information about the bill, please email Daniel.Dick@mail.house.gov.
Member of Congress
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