Wisconsin Rural Dentistry Scholarship bill moves to the Senate
On Jan. 21, the Wisconsin Assembly passed AB 258 and it now moves on to the Senate for consideration. The bill would provide a scholarship for Marquette University School of Dentistry students. It would require recent graduates to practice at least 12 months in a rural underserved area of the state. Up to five students could receive as much as $40,000 annually. The bill also allocates $350,000 to Marquette to help with programs dedicated to the recruiting and training students in rural dentistry.
Why is this important?
ASDA supports legislation that reduces the
burden of student debt for
graduates. This bill may also reduce barriers to care for residents that live in dental health shortage areas.
The issue: In early January, HB 2046 was introduced. The bill would enable anyone who holds a professional license in another state for a least a year to apply for a Missouri license. This bill would apply to dentists and would require the Missouri Dental Board to waive any licensure requirements for applicants that can demonstrate that they have held a license in another state for a year and are not under investigation by any licensing board. The bill has passed two committees and a vote on the House floor could be scheduled soon.
Why is this important? Last month we shared that Ohio is considering licensure portability legislation and that Arizona passed a similar bill in May 2019. This trend could make it easier for dentists to obtain licenses in different states.