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Dentistry and the Affordable Care Act


President Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) on March 23, 2010. The law is intended to lower the cost of health care and coverage for all Americans and to give more rights to help insured patients. Read about the benefits of the Affordable Care Act as described by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The Future of the Affordable Care Act

Repealing the Affordable Care Act is a priority for President Trump and Republican members of the 115th Congress.

Read ASDA’s monthly advocacy newsletter, the Advocacy Brief, to stay up to date on potential changes to the law.

ACA Provisions Consistent with ADA Policies:

  • Increased funding for public health infrastructure, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, oral health programs and national oral health surveillance programs
  • Additional funding for school-based health center facilities
  • Increased grant opportunities for general, pediatric or public health dentists
  • Funding for National Health Service Corps loan repayment programs
  • CDC initiation, in consultation with professional oral health organizations, of a five-year national public education campaign focused on oral health prevention and education


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