CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is expected to consider H.R. 903 on the House floor on Tuesday, September 28, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Bart Stupak (D-MI) on February 9, 2009.
H.R. 903 would do the following: (1) revise the National Health Security Strategy to include increasing the preparedness, response capabilities, and surge capacity of dental facilities and effective utilization of any available mobile dental assets; and (2) provide that federal dental entities shall carry out activities under the public health and medical response training program.
Additionally, the bill would do the following: (1) include dental personnel within the definition of "emergency response providers"; and (2) require the Chief Medical Officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to serve as DHS's primary point of contact for the dental community with respect to medical and public health matters related to natural disasters, acts of terrorism, and other man-made disasters.
Lastly, the bill would require operational plans developed by federal agencies with responsibilities under the National Response Plan to address the preparedness and deployment of dental resources.
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 903 would have a negligible impact on federal spending over the next five years.