CA Hispanic Chambers of Commerce Issues New Digital Ad Opposing Evan Low’s Discriminatory Dental Practice Act


SACRAMENTO, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce (CHCC) issued a new digital ad today calling for the California state Senate to vote no on AB 1998, the Dental Practice Act authored by Assembly Member Evan Low (D-Campbell). In the digital video ad, CHCC calls the dental legislation unfair because it makes dental care inaccessible and unaffordable for California’s communities of color.

Low admitted his bill “will disproportionately hurt communities of color” in an interview with USA Today about AB 1998 on July 19, 2020.

Julian Canete, Executive Director of CHCC said, “We join Californians of color across the state to urge the state Senate to vote no on AB 1998. The Dental Practice Act is unfair to our communities of color because it would make oral care inaccessible and unaffordable.”

“Evan Low admits his bill will disproportionately hurt Blacks and Latinos – and we are just supposed to sit back and allow it to happen? We are joining together to oppose AB 1998, and we ask every lawmaker in California to do the same. This bill would block dental access and affordability to communities of color. We call on the state Senate to protect access to oral care for all Californians and vote no on AB 1998,” Canete continued.


A recent study from the UCLA Center for the Study of Latino Health and Culture found that Latinos in California are 80% less likely to find a dental office in their area. “Lack of Latino dentists, lack of insurance, and high costs makes dentistry inaccessible to Latino Communities. Teledentistry may provide access and affordable options for underserved communities,” said Dr. Hayes-Bautista, the center’s director.

CHCC is joined by numerous organizations in California opposed to AB 1998 including the following:

  • California Community Economic Development Association
  • Clinica Romero
  • Midnight Mission
  • Big Brothers
  • Big Sisters of Orange County
  • Learning Lab Ventures
  • Assistance League of Redlands
  • American TeleDentistry Association
  • California NAACP
  • Latin Business Association
  • Brotherhood Crusade
  • National Asian American Coalition
  • California Black Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Sacramento Urban League
  • CA Hispanic Chambers of Commerce
  • National Diversity Coalition
  • Black Small Business Association
  • TechNet
  • Compton Latino Chamber
  • Prostate Cancer Research Institute
  • Urban Ministries
  • Urban Outreach

About California Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

In 1978, a group of local Hispanic chamber leaders from throughout California convened to discuss the lack of representation of Hispanic businesses in state government. These leaders also recognized the need for an organization that would effectively represent the interest of rapidly growing number of Hispanic-owned businesses in California.

Through its network of Hispanic chambers and business association, the CHCC represents the interest of over 800,000 Hispanic business owners in California. The CHCC is the premier and largest regional ethnic business organization in the nation that promotes the economic growth and development of Hispanic entrepreneurs and California’s Emerging Businesses.


Hispanic Chambers of Commerce

Julian Cañete

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