House supports Frizzell’s bill expanding access to dental health services

House supports Frizzell’s bill expanding access to dental health services

Posted by: Samantha Holifield  | Thursday, January 25, 2018 2:52 pm

STATEHOUSE (Jan. 25, 2018) — The House of Representatives advanced State Rep. Dave Frizzell’s (R-Indianapolis) legislation Thursday that would expand Hoosier’s access to dental health care in rural and underserved areas. 

Frizzell’s legislation would allow a collaborative agreement to be established between a dentist and a dental hygienist, allowing dental hygienists to perform basic oral care procedures, like annual cleanings. Frizzell said this agreement would require a practicing dentist to be readily available to provide emergency communication and consultation with the dental hygienist during all procedures.

“In 2016, only 16 of Indiana’s 92 counties had an adequate supply of dentists,” Frizzell said. “Allowing dentists and dental hygienists to enter into an access practice agreement will ensure that Hoosiers in underserved areas of the state can receive important preventative care. This is a major step forward in increasing access to oral health care across the state, particularly in rural areas.” 

Additionally, Frizzell’s proposal would require the patient to sign a consent form before a dental hygienist could provide services under an access practice agreement, keeping patients in control of their oral care. Indiana would become the 41st state to allow such arrangements between a dentist and a dental hygienist. Frizzell said both the Indiana Dental Association and Indiana Dental Hygienists’ Association testified in support of this bill.

House Bill 1116 now moves to the Senate for consideration. Visit iga.in.gov to learn more about this legislation.

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State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) represents House District 93,

which includes a portion of Marion and Johnson counties.

A high-resolution photo of Frizzell can be downloaded by clicking here. 

PICTURED: State Rep. Dave Frizzell (R-Indianapolis) presents his legislation that would expand Hoosier’s access to dental health care to the House of Representatives on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018, at the Statehouse in Indianapolis. Frizzell’s legislation can now be considered by the Senate.