My $35,000 (So Far) Smile

Cody Snell has paid $35,000 out of pocket – so far – to replace teeth he never had due to ectodermal dysplasia. At 33, he knows that amount will climb since he faces a lifetime of dental care costs. That is, unless the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act is passed. He is advocating for this legislation to assure that he, his affected daughter and all families with his condition get the insurance coverage they need for their medically necessary care.

What’s going on at the NFED?

Find out what the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias recently published in research, will be announcing about the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act and is planning for 2019.

One of Our Smile Makers

At the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias (NFED), one thing is for sure, we love our families! When we support our families, we certainly appreciate when they support us back. One of the most loyal and sustaining ways to support the NFED is through our monthly giving program, the Smile Makers. One of our amazing…

Becky Abbott Joins NFED Staff

Meet the newest member of the National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias staff. Becky Abbott will help us serve families affected be ectodermal dysplasias by managing the treatment and research programs. Learn why our mission is personal for this rare disease advocate.

Our Hero, Every Day

Finally getting a diagnosis of hypohidrotic ectodermal dysplasia for their 13-month-old daughter was a relief for Sam and Neil Gansebom. But, they still had all of these emotions. Where would they turn? What should they do? Read about how they are coping and what they are doing.

ELSA Introduced in Congress

The Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA) was introduced as a bill in the U.S Senate and House today. This legislation will significantly impact families affected by ectodermal dysplasias and other congenital anomalies. If passed, it will provide health benefits for their complex dental care.

Advocating for ELSA on Capitol Hill

Families from across the U.S. met with members of Congress on July 18 for the 2nd National Foundation for Ectodermal Dysplasias Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill. They educated about ectodermal dysplasias and the need for the Ensuring Lasting Smiles Act (ELSA).

Tales of the Fire Breathing Dragon

Christine Gottschalk found it heard to hear that her perfect son had ectodermal dysplasia. Worse was learning insurance wouldn’t pay for his care. It made no sense to her that some day, her son may have to choose between paying for his dental care or paying for a college education. She decided to take action and invites others to advocate with her.