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SB 580 and HB 595 

Great news everyone, FDHA Legislation Passed!!!

In 2011, the FDHA supported legislation that authorized dental hygienists to provide preventive dental services in Health Access Settings without the supervision of a dentist. A "glitch" in the approved law prevented the full implementation of this measure. In this legislative session, the FDHA supported two bills – SB 580 and HB 595 – to fix the Medicaid billing glitch to ensure Health Access Settings could be reimbursed for dental hygienists’ services.

On Tuesday, March 8, the Senate bill was approved by the full House on a vote of 115 to 0! It had previously been passed by the Senate on a vote of 39 to 0. During the entire committee process and floor votes our measure was unanimously approved; not a single No vote! The bill will now be delivered to the Governor. Once he receives it, he will have 15 days to act on it. If it is approved, the bill would take effect on July 1, 2016.

Your grassroots efforts made this year the year we Fixed the Glitch! I want to personally thank everyone who contacted their legislators asking them to support the FDHA bills. I also want to extend special thanks to all those who attended Dental Hygienists’ Smile Day on the Hill. We are Better Together!

We ask all Dental Hygienists to write a letter to the Governor and ask him to sign SB 580 into law. Tell him why it is important to you, your profession and to the children in the State of Florida. We are providing you a sample letter to make the process quick and easy. Please email your signed letter to the governors office c/o Mary Beth Vickers. E-mail address is Marybeth.vickers@laspbs.state.fl.us and cc Leslie Y. Dughi E-mail address DughiL@gtlaw.com. SAMPLE LETTER 

We are Better Together! 

Shelley Bergholcs, CRDH,BASDH