Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association (VDHA)

Vermont Dental Hygienists’ Association
PO Box 1482
Williston VT, 05495-1482

        ** 3/18/2015 **

Vermont Dental Hygienists: Licensed Dental Practitioner Update 3/17/2015

The Licensed Dental Practitioner (LDP) bill (S.20) is making its way to the Senate floor. This bill proposes a new member of the dental team that will be based solely on a registered dental hygienist who is educated to provide the RDH scope of practice in addition to some restorative procedures. The purpose of the provider is to increase access to dental care for the significant portion of Vermont’s population that is now unable to secure care in a traditional dental setting. You can view the bill at http://legislature.vermont.gov/bill/status/2016/S.20

Today the Senate Government Operations Committee voted in favor of the bill by a 4-1 margin. Please contact Senators White, Benning, Bray and Pollina to thank them for their votes in favor of S.20! The affirmative vote today moves the bill to the Senate Finance Committee where a majority vote is needed to move the bill to the Senate floor. We are facing strong opposition from the well-funded dental lobby, and it is especially important that Senators hear that you, a dental professional, are in favor of this bill.

Please contact your Senator by phone to let them know you support S.20 either at their home on Mondays or weekday evenings (contact information can be found at http://legislature.vermont.gov/people/all/2016/Senate) or at the State House Tuesday through Friday. If you cannot reach your Senator directly you may leave a message with the Sargent at Arms at 802 828 2228.

If you have questions about the provider or the bill itself, please contact VDHA Legislative Chair Sheila Bannister at sbannister@vtc.edu. Thank you for supporting the professional organization that works for YOU!

 

 

 

 

 

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