unfunded “mandate”

On August 14, 2013, in Dental Therapists, by kbatchelder

ALTERNATIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DEMONSTRATION PROJECTS

On March 23, 2010 the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)was signed into law.

The PPACA contains sections focused on:

SEC. 5304. ALTERNATIVE DENTAL HEALTH CARE PROVIDERS DEMONSTRATION PROJECT

SEC. 340G-1. DEMONSTRATION PROGRAM

• (1) AUTHORIZATION- The Secretary is authorized to award grants to 15 eligible entities to enable such entities to establish a demonstration program to establish training programs to train, or to employ, alternative dental health care providers in order to increase access to dental health care services in rural and other underserved communities.
• (2) DEFINITION- The term `alternative dental health care providers’ includes community dental health coordinators, advance practice dental hygienists, independent dental hygienists, supervised dental hygienists, primary care physicians, dental therapists, dental health aides, and any other health professional that the Secretary determines appropriate.

In 2010 the proposed budget:

  • (1) AMOUNT OF GRANT- Each grant under this section shall be in an amount that is not less than $4,000,000 for the 5-year period during which the demonstration project being conducted.

Each grant recipient was to receive $4,000,000 and run the project for 2-7 years

Every year since 2010, the American Dental Association has lobbied Congress to NOT appropriate any funds.

‘No funds provided for’ alternative providers through Sept. 30

 

 

Authorized: not appropriated.

 

 

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