On April 4 the House of Representatives approved the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act.
According to the American Dental Association:
The legislation requires that all private group and individual health plans to cover medically necessary services resulting from a congenital anomaly or birth defect.
…[T]he ADA noted that one out of every 33 children in the U.S. is born with a congenital anomaly — including severe oral and facial defects — that can interfere with the ability to breathe, speak and/or eat in a normal manner.
“For many children, specialized surgery is needed, and the procedures are reconstructive, since they are performed to correct abnormal structures,” the [ADA] said. “However, despite the reconstructive nature and necessity of such procedures, many insurance companies consider these services to be merely cosmetic. While they may provide coverage for the preliminary surgeries, insurers will delay or deny follow-up or corrective procedures, including necessary dental treatment, which can have a negative impact on a child’s developmental milestones.”
The Association hopes that the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act will make sure that “all children have coverage for treatment of these anomalies,” the [ADA] concluded.
Did Congressman Cline side with the insurance companies or the children?
Do you need to ask?
Cline and 109 other House Republicans voted NO.