Advocate for policies that improve individual’s access to oral health care.
As dental hygienists we need to partner with our patients in supporting and
maintaining their oral health through advocating for expanded practice, increased
Medicaid coverage, and by increasing reimbursement for services by direct providers of
dental hygiene services.
March 16, 2019
Melissa Johnson, WDHA Lobbyist
At this more-than-halfway-point in the legislative session, almost 700 bills are still
alive between the House and Senate. Lawmakers reached the “house of origin”
cutoff last Wednesday, and have returned to their committee hearing schedules.
The next deadline for legislators is on April 3rd, when bills must pass the opposite
house’s policy committees.
Budget writers are putting their final touches on the House and Senate budgets,
with this week’s revenue forecast being the last piece of the budget puzzle. The
forecast, being released on Wednesday, will show legislators what the state’s
economic picture will look like in the coming years. We expect the House and
Senate budgets to be released the week of March 25th.
HB 1554, our technical fix bill, has been referred to the Senate Health & Long Term
Care Committee for consideration. No hearing scheduled yet, but it's likely to be
heard the week of March 25th.
HB 1317, the dental therapy bill, has been designated “necessary to implement the
budget”, or NTIB, by the Speaker of the House. This means that it is not subject to
last Wednesday’s cutoff deadline and remains alive for consideration by the
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