Ohio and Michigan introduce midlevel legislation
What's the issue?
On May 17, State Senator Peggy Lehner introduced
Senate Bill 330
, a bill that creates a dental therapist position within the dental team. In an effort to reduce barriers to dental care, the dental therapist would be required to practice in one of Ohio's 84 dental shortage areas. Under the bill, the dental therapist would be able to perform certain restorative and preventative procedures including the filling of cavities.
On June 7, State Senator Mike Shirkey introduced
Senate Bill 1013
, a bill that establishes a dental therapist level of practice. In an attempt to improve access to care for underserved populations, the bill would require that dental therapists practice in public health clinics or ensure that at least half of the patients they treat are on Medicaid or face other barriers to receiving care. Under the bill, dental therapists would be able to provide routine care, including restorations.
Why is this important?
ASDA opposes the legislation in Ohio and Michigan. ASDA needs your help in monitoring midlevel legislation throughout the country. If you know of a bill that suggests that someone other than a dentist should perform surgical/irreversible procedures, contact ASDA's Council on Advocacy at