Illinois State Governor JB Pritzker Signs Landmark Legislation Expanding Access To Oral Health Care For Chicago-Area Veterans
CHICAGO–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Governor JB Pritzker today signed the House 690 Bill, which will improve access to high-quality dental care for underserved veterans.
The Illinois House and Senate unanimously passed the bill on Remembrance Day, May 31. House Bill 690 will allow dentists at Aspen Dental to provide much needed dental care to vulnerable populations in a state of the first of its kind. art oral care center – completely free for patients.
Aspen Dental will open the oral care center on the west side of Chicago, where Aspen Dental dentists can care for those in need. The oral care center built by Aspen Dental Management Inc. in Chicago is expected to open in early 2022.
“The legislation I am signing today will extend access to dental care to our veterans and Illinois residents in need,” Governor JB Pritzker said. “Oral health is an integral part of overall health and access to dental services is essential to promote and maintain good oral health. Yet those in need of dental care, such as our veterans, are the least likely to receive it. I am proud to say that with this law, Illinois will be the first state in the country to provide a center dedicated to removing barriers and providing access to high quality oral care for those who have it. need.
There are over 727,000 veterans in the state of Illinois who could potentially benefit from the oral health services that will be provided under this new law.
House Bill 690 was made possible through the efforts of Rep. Lakesia Collins and (D-Chicago) and Rep. Mattie Hunter (D-Chicago).
Representative Collins, first-term lawmaker and secretary of the Illinois Mixed Black Legislative Caucus, and Senator Hunter, Chairman of the Majority Caucus, contacted the governor directly and asked him to support this groundbreaking bill. Illinois State officials, Mary Flowers (D) 31st District and La Shawn K. Ford (D) 8th District, helped form a coalition in support of the bill.
“There is a massive need for dental services in our community and for oral health care for underserved people and veterans in our area,” said Representative Collins. “Many American veterans are homeless or disadvantaged and are not eligible for dental benefits from the Veterans Administration. When I found out about this project, I was excited to be the main sponsor and to work with many groups to find a bill that will provide more dental services for the West Side.
“The Near West Side will benefit greatly from the availability of high quality dental care, especially for residents who have served our country,” said Senator Hunter. “Our veterans have done so much for this country and do not always receive enough love in return for their sacrifices. Making sure they have access to dental care is just one way to show them our gratitude.
The new oral health center developed by Aspen Dental Management Inc. is a facility that will bring together leading clinicians and thought leaders to train hundreds of dental health professionals licensed by Illinois and by The state of the independent brand Aspen Dental. practices across the country in modern dental technology and clinical procedures. The center will simultaneously provide underserved Chicago veterans with dental care – completely free for eligible patients.
“Aspen Dental’s independent practice owners and dentists across the country will provide safe, high-quality care to eligible patients at the facility, including both routine and advanced procedures, such as extractions, fillings, x-rays, root canals, dental care. implants and restorations, “said Dr. Arwinder Judge, Clinical Director of Aspen Dental Management Inc ..” We commend Rep. Collins and Senate Leader Hunter for identifying the need for more dental services for the underserved. and under-represented in their community. ”
“For more than 20 years, the independent practice owners of Aspen Dental have led advocacy efforts to remove barriers to better dental care, improve access to quality, affordable and patient-centered care, provide quality of life for patients and boosting the economy with job creation, “said Bob Fontana, President and CEO of Aspen Dental Management, Inc.” Our commitment to Illinois residents is evident not only in the relocation of our national headquarters to Chicago, but also with the opening of the country’s first oral health center in western Chicago.
Aspen Dental is the largest and fastest growing branded dental office network in the United States with over 910 locations in 43 states.
Since 2014, Aspen Dental Management Inc. has launched its “Healthy Mouth Movement” and, for the past seven years, Aspen Dental’s independent practice owners and dentists and their teams across the country have provided care. free to over 27,000 veterans and those in need.
“On behalf of the independent practice owners of the veterans of Aspen Dental and Illinois, Aspen Dental Management Inc. congratulates Governor Pritzker for enacting this important bill today,” Fontana said.