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HB 344 - Dental Access Settings

HB 344 - Dental Access Settings

Phil Haunschild
January 22, 2018

Bill Description: This bill would ease restrictions on where individuals can practice dentistry and offer oral healthcare services.

Rating: +1

Does it give government any new, additional, or expanded power to prohibit, restrict, or regulate activities in the free market? Conversely, does it eliminate or reduce government intervention in the market? 

This bill would allow dentists, dental assistants, and dental hygienists more flexibility as to the locations where they could offer their services. Specifically, “extended access oral health care” programs would be more broadly defined, thereby allowing more locations to house these programs. Currently, only a few locations are explicitly allowed.

These dental programs are run by nonprofits, public agencies, schools, health clinics and others, offering dental services that would otherwise be limited to taking place solely in dental offices. The programs offer, for free or at reduced cost, much-needed service to members of the public.


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