In addition to these legislative priorities, I’ve been working on legislation that would expand Hoosiers’ access to dental health care in rural and underserved areas. Only 16 of Indiana’s 92 counties had an adequate supply of dentists in 2016. This proposal would allow a collaborative agreement to be established between a dentist and a dental hygienist, which means dental hygienists could perform basic oral care procedures like annual cleanings in non-office settings, such as nursing homes or dental health fairs. Under this proposal, a dentist would be required to be available to provide emergency communication and consultation with the dental hygienist during all procedures. Additionally, this legislation would require the patient to sign a consent form before a dental hygienist could provide services under an access practice agreement, keeping patients in control of their oral care. To learn more, click here.
At this point, Senate bills will move to the House of Representatives for consideration, and House bills will crossover to the Senate. To keep track of bills moving through the legislative process, visit iga.in.gov. If you have any questions or input about these and other proposals we are considering for new laws, please contact me at 317-232-9981 or firstname.lastname@example.org.