The NH Senate voted 22-2 to amend SB193 on Jan. 30. Instead of authorizing a Dental Hygiene Practitioner in NH this year, as proposed, the amendment calls for a 12-member study commission to work through the end of 2015 to evaluate the dental care delivery system for how well it is meeting the needs of underserved populations.
While we are disappointed by a delay in implementing this needed workforce expansion, the upside is that the issue is still alive, along with the opportunity to educate the legislature and the public about a need we know exists.
SB193 will move on to the House next in its present form. As soon as a public hearing is scheduled in the House, we will alert all partners and supporters.
Thanks to all of our organizational partners and individual supporters for your help in keeping the need to expand oral health care access front and center. We also thank the bill sponsors, Senators Peggy Gilmour, Jeff Woodburn, John Reagan, Lou D’Allesandro, and Representatives Cindy Rosenwald, Susan Emerson and Mary Nelson for bringing this issue forward. We are not giving up, and hope you will remain committed as we are!
TO JOIN OUR EMAIL LIST FOR UPDATES AND ALERTS ON THIS ISSUE:
Email NH Dental Access Alliance Coordinator Laurel Redden at LRedden@nhkidscount.org