The bills advanced by the FDHA  which ensure health access settings can be reimbursed for services performed by a dental hygienist, were unanimously approved in their first committees of reference. 


On Tuesday afternoon, Senate Bill (SB) 580 by Sen. Denise Grimsley (R-Sebring) was approved by the Senate Health Policy Committee.  On Wednesday morning, the House Health Innovation Subcommittee approved House Bill (HB 595) by Rep. Rene Plasencia (R-Orlando).  Prior to the Senate committee meeting, the FDHA was able to secure the Florida Dental Association’s (FDA) support of the bills.  At both meetings, the FDA publicly expressed their support.


Clearly the calls and emails by dental hygienists to local legislators resulted in the passage of the bills this week!  Thank you to all of you who took the time to reach out and tell legislators how important this legislation is for you and for the profession as a whole. 


Next Steps

This week’s meetings were the last before the start of the 2016 Legislative Session on January 12, 2016.  Legislators will now return home for the holidays. 

Senate bill 580 will now move to its next committee of reference – Senate Health and Human Services Appropriations chaired by Sen. Rene Garcia (R- Hialeah).  The House companion, HB 595, will next be heard in the House Health Care Appropriations Committee chaired by Rep. Matt Hudson (R-Naples).  We will be educate both chairs on the issue and ask them to put these bills on their respective calendars soon after the start of the session.  We will let FDHA members know when the bills will be heard next.


Until then, we ask members to do the following:


·         Continue to talk with your local legislators about the Billing Glitch bills – SB 580 and HB 595.  We can provide talking points to you if needed.


·         Make plans to attend the 2016 FDHA Smile Day scheduled for February 9th and 10th  in Tallahassee.  It is highly likely that our bills will still be moving through the process and we need a good turnout of hygienists to help push them.


This week was truly a big victory for dental hygienists!  Thank you again for your hard work and dedication to your profession!

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Let's all Congratulate and Celebrate our members who were honored with prestigious awards at FDHA this weekend! 
PURPOSE - This award is presented to individuals who have contributed outstanding services in the field of Dental Hygiene in Florida                  
PURPOSE - To recognize an individual from the Component for his/her commitment, dedication, and service to the local component  

We also had a recent graduate who was honored:  
PURPOSE  - This award is designed to increase interest in membership.
Nominations are accepted from Student advisors, faculty, or program administrators of dental hygiene programs.The amount of the award is one year ADHA membership and will be presented at the Florida Dental Hygiene Symposium. It will be awarded to a deserving Student Member (graduate) who is interested in maintaining their involvement with ADHA and FDHA.
Way to Go! You all made PBCDHA Shine! 

IPPF Awareness Campaign
Pemphigus and pemphigoid are rare, autoimmune blistering diseases, and their symptoms typically appear first in the mouth. Because of this, the IPPF Awareness Campaign is looking to provide dental hygienists with information to aid in recognizing the symptoms of these diseases, as well as provide specialized tips on caring for patients.

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Please read the letter below from FDHA President Joleyn McClemens regarding the passing of Local Anesthesia for Dental Hygienists:
It has taken me a few hours to compose myself and now I want make sure that everyone is aware of the good news.  Just want to be sure that this news reaches everyone!  So please spread the word..
Dental Hygienists will be allowed to administer Local Anesthesia in the state of Florida!   
As most of you know this success was many years in the making and I know that it was not because one year of effort, but the accumulation of many years of hard work, passion and dedication by the leadership and membership in our association.  Thank you all those that spent years devoted to seeing this effort through.  Many things await us as hygienists on the horizon, so lets stay united as a profession in knowing that great things can be achieved when we work together.  
It may have taken us many years to get here.....My sincerest appreciation to all those that worked hard to make Local Anesthesia a reality in Florida. 
Better Together, 
Joleyn McClemens

Florida Dental Hygiene Association
President 2011-2012
Advocates for Healthy Mouth - Healthy Body 


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