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.
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.
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
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.
then, we ask members to do the following:
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.
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