On Nov. 12, Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced S.4894, the DOC Access Act, in the Senate. The bill has been referred to the Senate of Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions (HELP) Committee and is cosponsored by Sen. Cramer (R-ND). NADP has been actively opposed to the House version (H.R.3762) of the non-covered services bill, which has been introduced several times in prior years (as HR 1606 in 2017-18 and HR 3323 in 2015-16 but has never passed the full House). The American Dental Association (ADA) expressed its support for S.4894 in a letter sent to Sens. Manchin and Cramer.
The bill is not expected to advance this year in the lame duck session and both the Senate and House versions will likely be reintroduced after the 117th Congress is seated in January 2021. For more details on NADP’s position on this bill, please access the issue brief <here>.
Please contact Director of Government & Regulatory Affairs Teresa Cagnolatti with questions about federal legislation.