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Bilirakis Bill Expands Veteran Dental Care

May 9, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12) reintroduced the Veterans Early Treatment for Chronic Ailment Resurgence through Examinations (VET CARE) Act, to require the Veterans Administration (VA) to put in place a four-year pilot program providing dental care for Veterans with certain chronic health conditions. Right now, dental care through the VA is limited to those who are 100% disabled or have a direct service connected injury.

Our Veterans have sacrificed so much on behalf of our country, they deserve access to high quality healthcare, and that includes dental care,” said Bilirakis. “The VET CARE Act will get the ball rolling to expand access to dental care for our nation’s heroes, and could result in lower overall health care costs for the VA. Not only is this legislation good for Veterans, it’s good for the VA as a whole,” said Congressman Bilirakis. 

Studies have shown that regular dental care helps alleviate certain chronic conditions, reducing overall healthcare costs. Since the VA spends most of its healthcare costs on treating Veterans with chronic ailments, like diabetes, heart conditions, and more, dental coverage would help ensure a healthier Veteran population and bring those costs down.  To read the bill in its entirety, click here.