The Oregon Dental Association is celebrating some major achievements following the 2022 legislative session, which ended on March 4. One of the biggest wins was securing dental coverage for low-income Oregon veterans, the vast majority of whom previously lacked any dental coverage in their health benefits.
Sponsored by Rep. Cedric Hayden, a dentist himself, House Bill 4095 will ensure coverage for military veterans earning less than 400 percent of the federal poverty level, enabling them to regularly see a dentist. You can read more about this important issue in a letter in the Tillamook Headlight Herald newspaper by ODA President Dr. Calie Roa and ODA Secretary-Treasurer Dr. Cyrus Javadi.
Other 2022 wins include creating dental coverage for Oregon’s Compact of Free Association population (from Micronesia, Marshall Islands, and the Republic of Palau), better supporting out-of-state dentists who volunteer to provide charitable care, and working in coalition with dental care providers and educational institutions to advocate for workforce solutions.
You can read about the more than two dozen bills we tracked and worked on this session in the full 2022 legislative wrap-up report, which is available by clicking here.
We couldn’t have done it without you. A special thank you goes out to the 2022 Legislative Task Force members, who met on a weekly basis to review bills important to the ODA and advise staff advocating tirelessly on your behalf. Members include Dr. Norm Auzins, Dr. Melissa Beadnell, Dr. Natasha Bramley, Dr. Jennifer Frankel, Dr. Andrea Laidlaw, Dr. Phil Marucha, Dr. Caroline Zeller and Dr. Scott Hansen, chair of the Legislative Task Force.