On August 28th, the Foster Youth Dental Act of 2020 was introduced in the House. Tooth decay is the most common chronic condition among youth, and low-income youth are twice as likely to have cavities as children from higher income households (CDC). Despite the importance of dental care for children’s overall health and wellbeing, many foster youth are slipping through the cracks and not receiving dental services when they leave care. This bill aims to address this by “increasing eligibility for dental protections under Medicaid, providing incentives for dental providers to participate in these programs, enhancing outreach efforts for enrollment, and protecting existing coverage for foster youth,” says Rep. Bass. She continues, “especially in the midst of a global pandemic, it falls incumbent upon Congress to do everything we can to ensure we are providing the nearly half of a million youth in this country’s child welfare system with adequate health care.”
8/28/2020 - Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.