Senate Approves Mensch Bill to Examine Disparities Found in Dental Care for Disabled Pennsylvanians

Harrisburg — The Senate approved a measure sponsored by Sen. Bob Mensch (R-24) authorizing a study of the disparities that exist in accessing and receiving dental care among persons with disabilities in the Commonwealth.

Senate Resolution 61 directs the Legislative Budget and Finance Committee (LBFC), chaired by Senator Mensch, to conduct the study.

Many individuals with disabilities have difficulty in not only finding a dentist who take their dental insurance, but also have trouble finding a dental office that is handicap accessible within the office.

Research has shown a correlation between good dental hygiene and overall good health.  A simple cleaning and check-up is not so simple for many people with disabilities.  This resolution will help in determining the obstacles they may have in obtaining quality dental services.

Under Senate Resolution 61, the LBFC will report its findings to the Senate by November 30, 2014.

CONTACT:

Sarah Stroman
sstroman@pasen.gov
(215) 541-2388