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ADA, Others Ask Congress To Pass Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act


The ADA News (1/9, Garvin) reports that “the American Dental Association is asking Congress to pass the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act [ELSA],” which “would require all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services that repair or restore congenital anomalies.” In a Jan. 6 letter, ADA President Chad P. Gehani and Executive Director Kathleen T. O’Loughlin “told lawmakers that HR 1379, known as ELSA, would positively impact the quality of life for patients with congenital anomalies and also eliminate the existing burdens that prevent access to necessary diagnosis and treatment.” The ADA also joined forces with 15 other health care organizations” asking the legislators to pass the bill.

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