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House of Representatives approves Rep. Gosar funding increase for Native American dental care

By Craig Palmer, ADA News staff

Washington—Dentist/Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) asked the House of Representatives July 26 to approve a $4.3 million plus funding increase to advance the oral health of Native Americans, focusing House attention during the rancorous debt limit debate on the less pressing and necessary business of congressional appropriations.

Rep. Gosar: Asks House of Representatives July 26 for funding boost for the oral health of Native Americans. He is shown here addressing the 2010 ADA House of Delegates. Photo credit: Photo by EZ Event Photography.

“I would like to make it clear on this floor tonight that this reallocation of funds is explicitly intended to fund dental health programs within the Indian Health Service at the level recommended by the administration. The United States government took on long ago a number of treaty obligations to our Native people, and health care was among them. In particular, I cannot state strongly enough how imperative it is that Indian tribes have their efforts in the area of oral health fully funded.”

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